Census, musters + electoral rolls

​Find out where a person lived in Tasmania through census, musters and electoral rolls.

A muster was like a census, but for convicts and military personnel.

What is online?​

With the Tasmanian Names ​Index you can search and view many records, including census returns

Most of the individual returns with the details of each household have not survived. The index links to online copies of those that have survived.

What else is available?


  • Few colonial censuses have personal names.  Individual data was designed to be destroyed once statistical data was extracted.   There is some personal data for the years 1837, 1838, 1842, 1843, 1848, 1851 and 1857. Censuses after 1901 do not have personal details until 2001 where people could opt to have their details kept.
  • Census records were digitised from microfilm and sometimes they are difficult to read.
  • The earliest electoral roll is from 1856.  It only includes men.  Women are included from 1903, when they were given the right to vote. The Australian government introduced compulsory voting in 1924 so you may not find names on the rolls before then.

What’s available from other organisations?