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Madden Records - Australia - Civil Registration - Tasmania


The colony of Tasmania was established in 1825. [New South Wales is the oldest established Australian colony, established in 1788. Tasmania became a separate colony in 1825 followed by South Australia [1836], Victoria [1851], Queensland [1859] and Western Australia [1887]. In 1901 the six colonies became a Federation of States of the Commonwealth of Australia. Two additional Territories were created in 1911: the Australian Capital Territory & the Northern Territory.]

Registration of births, deaths and marriages commenced in 1839 in Tasmania, the first Australian colony to take over the function previously conducted by the Churches. The civil registration records are held by the Tasmania Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, part of the Tasmania Department of Justice. There are no online indexes available.

The Tasmanian indexes are available on CD and microfiche. The Tasmania Pioneer Index CD published by INFORMIT, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Libraries, in association with the Archives Office of Tasmania, covers the period 1803–1899. The Tasmania Federation Index CD published by Macbeth Genealogical Services Pty Ltd covers births 1900-1919 and marriages and burials 1900-1930. The microfiche cover Births 1900-1905 and Deaths & Marriages 1900-1914.

The indexes include early church records prior to civil registration 1803-1839.

The index provides a registration number which can be used to order copies of the original certificate through the Tasmania Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. There is no transcription service as in NSW.