19 Oct – August 2024

A Town is a Tapestry and every person’s story is a stitch. The Central Coast has 25 townships and a current population of around 22 000 people. For tens of thousands of years, the First Peoples have maintained long cultural connections with this Country. James Fenton is credited as the first European to settle in this area. He built a hut in 1844 in Forth and lived there until 1879. In that time, 1200 more settlers arrived, each with their own stories. Waves of migration brought people from all over the planet including from Britain and Ireland, China, Italy, and the Netherlands. Post-war eras were particularly rich times that brought new Tasmanians to the Central Coast.

This unique landscape of people’s stories is explored using objects and photographs from our collection in this exhibition with tales from Leith and Forth in the east, to Heybridge and West Pine in the west, to South Nietta and Loongana in the south, and to the Bass Strait to the north.

Stories will change in the exhibition throughout its run.

Image credit: Lyntje and Peter Fromberg strolling down the street, c. 1950s. Courtesy of the Fromberg family.

Community History Archive


Are you interested in learning more about local or family history on the Central Coast?

Visit our Community History Archive on Level 1 of Hive (see opening hours below), where our expert Museum volunteers are available to help with any and all family and local history enquiries – no enquiry is too large or too small.

If you are unable to visit Hive, simply download the Enquiry form below, fill out the details, and email to [email protected] or send to:

Community History Archive


PO BOX 220

Ulverstone TAS 7315


Research Enquiry Fees:


Research fee

$5 per enquiry

(limited to one topic of research, each subsequent topic also incurs a $5 fee)


Photocopying ($2 minimum)

20c per b/w

$1 per colour


Printing photographic reproduction(s) (through Readings Advertising)

Readings cost, plus $5 work fee


Commercial use fee $50 (Flat fee) plus a credit line.


Fees can be paid in person at Hive or over the phone on (03) 6425 2839 when your research is ready to be collected.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday  |  1 – 4pm

10am – 4pm daily

Level 1