Exhibitions Ground Floor

exebition ground floorFoyer


1 The Foyer – Visitor Information.




2 The Administration Office and Army History Unit. More information about Army History units Australia wide is available here

3 Museum and Barracks Guides’ office.


Royal Engineers


4 Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) Tasmania 1884-1987.




The Military in Colonial Tasmania5 The Military in Colonial Tasmania. This display features rare items of equipment belonging to a British Officer of the, 28th Regiment as well as items from our colonial military force.

6 Museum Shop



Hobart Girls Reformatory 1881-18707 Hobart Girls Reformatory 1881-1905. During the period 1870 – 1905 after the British Army left Australia Anglesea Barracks was used in part by Tasmania’s Volunteer Defence Forces but a number of buildings were rented out and used for schools, a presbytery, a gymnasium, accommodation and a Girls Reformatory which was located in the Military Prison.

This display is being currently re-developed by Virginia Bowen whose research has identified the girls who were imprisoned here and the underlying social issues and offences that led to their imprisonment in the period 1881 – 1905. The display focuses on one girl Victoria May Floyd, the child of a convict, later the wife of a Volunteer soldier but a troubled teenager. Download fact sheet about Victoria May Floyd here fact sheet about the Reformatory here

Military prison cell8 Military Prisoner’s Cell 1847-1870. This cell interprets a British soldier in custody in 1855 – 1860. It is supported by an audio recording based on the research into No 3616 Jeremiah Corbett, 40th Regiment. Corbett enlisted in 1854 at Cork, Ireland and travelled to Australia where his drinking problem led to a series of imprisonments from 1855 – 1860 when he was discharged. During his time in the prison he carved some graffiti in his cell door which was discovered during restoration.

9 Store Room.


The Vietnam War 1956-1972


10 The Vietnam War 1965-1972. Between 1962 and 1975, some 2,233 Tasmanians served in the Vietnam war. Sixteen paid the supreme sacrifice and their names are recorded in this exhibition. This exhibition (contained in the two front rooms) comprises a collection of photographs, uniforms, weapons, equipment, maps, medals, memorabilia and models of the Vietnam War with a specific focus on the Battle of Long Tan. You will also observe some detailed models of the Nui Dat and Long Tan area as well as the Viet Cong tunnel system and booby traps.

Audio/visual presentations have been constructed to support the exhibition and you would require about an hour to view all the slide shows and DVD footage.

Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Operations 1947-present


11 Peacekeeprs and Humanitarian Operations 1947 to present time. This new exhibition features the stories of three Tasmanians who have served on a variety of Peacekeeping Operations



Anglesea WWII


12 Anglesea Barracks during WW II 1939-1956.