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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.

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Can I view online articles in the Mercury newspaper about a fire at the Theatre Royal in June 1984?Photograph - Hobart - Theatre Royal Reference: NS3195-1-1492
Currently the Mercury newspaper is unavailable online between 1955 and 1997.

To discover and view a full-text Mercury item, you can search our online Tasmanian historical newspaper indexes: 1966-1994 and 1994-2010The earlier index has the following references to the fire under the heading:

Theatre Royal Restoration Medal
1) Medal will play leading role in restoration (illus)
Merc. 22/11/84, p .23
2) Commemorative medals will aid theatre restoration
Merc. 18/12./84 p.22
Note that the fire occurred on 18 June 1984, yet the index refers to Mercury articles in November and December 1984 only. In this instance, if you didn't know the date of the fire in 1984, it's best to search on the Trove Advanced search form.


  • The full-text of the Mercury newspaper is available at LINC Tasmania on microfilm from 1856 until the present. 
  • Various State and Territory libraries in Australia also hold the Mercury on microfilm.

​Search tips

​To find the Tasmanian historic newspaper indexes...
In the search box on the LINC Tasmania home page, type the words: historic newspapers indexes. Then click on the Search button.