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​Knowledge Base

Each year we are asked thousands of questions related to information we have in our libraries and archives about Tasmania.

To support your research we are posting our responses below to the most topical and interesting enquiries.

We make sure to remove personal information from the enquiries, answers, related data and search tips.

What was the shape of the swimming pool at the Silver Sands Motel at Bicheno in the 1960s?https://stors.tas.gov.au/NS2267-1-1612w150
Two archival photos display the resort from about 1964.

One of these photos displays part of the swimming pool which appears to be circular in shape.

An archival file contains a deed between the Minister of Lands and Silver Sands Pty Ltd for November 1977 in which you can find a drawing of a circular shaped swimming pool.


​Search tips​

In the basic search box of the Archives Online database simply type the words : silver sands motel. Click on the Search button to view references to five archival items about the motel.

Is there a history of the Anchor Wheel Motel in St Helens, Tasmania?Motel sign from Pixabay free of copyrights under Creative Commons - no attribution required
Responsible for the licensing of motels and guest houses, ​the old Tourism Department maintained a large file about the Anchor Wheel Motel (from 1971 to the late 1980s) from its beginning as the Shang-ula Motel. The file  includes documents about inspections by tourist department officers, complaints, applications for registration, fire safety, alterations, fixing items to comply with regulations. 

In the file is a yellow-coloured undated brochure (possibly written late 1980s) about the motel which describes the history as:-

"The Anchor Wheel Motel was built in 1971 and purchased by the present owners, Matt and Marg Osborne in 1981.

Of brick structure, the motel has seven heated, comfortable, fully furnished units with a colour TV in each room, tea-making facilities...

"The Anchor Mine

The Anchor Room Restaurant is renowned for its fresh seafood...

The restaurant is named after the Anchor Mine, a famous tin mine founded about 100 years ago. The Anchor was the largest of many mines in the St Helens disctrict, and employed up to 200 men, who founded towns like Poimena..."


Search tips

You should search on words such as "St Helens AND motels" or "Anchor Wheel Motel" using the Advanced TROVE form and the Archives Online database.