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About us

About us

Sometimes known as the Tas Field-Nats, we are comprised of both amateurs and professionals who share a common interest in the natural world. Experts in a particular topic not only pass on their knowledge to others, but find themselves learning about related aspects of their particular interest. The only requirement of members is an active interest in the natural world. The club was formed in 1904, and we are associated with other Field Naturalist Clubs throughout Tasmania and beyond.

We encourage the study of all aspects of natural history and advocate the conservation of our natural heritage. Our journal, The Tasmanian Naturalist, is issued annually and our quarterly information Bulletin covers forthcoming activities.  

Our monthly meetings usually include a guest speaker who provides an illustrated talk on a topic of their expertise or particular interest. Question-time usually follows, and the line of inquiry usually extends to the excursion on the following Saturday or Sunday at a site relevant to the topic of the previous talk. Also at our monthly meetings, members' observations of significant sightings are raised and discussed. A report of the previous excursions is also provided. Annually a Members' night is held on which members are encouraged to participate in 'show-and-tell' or to give short Powerpoint presentations. An annual excursion to an area of the state of particular natural-history interest, held over a full weekend, allows more extensive and varied activities.

We meet on the first Thursday of each month (except January) at 7.15pm. For many years this has been in the Life Sciences building at the University of Tasmania, but UTAS cancelled all bookings from mid-2020 due to the pandemic.  When meetings resumed in October 2020 (after Covid Lockdown) we met at Mathers House in Hobart Central.

From September 2021 we will be meeting at UTAS Sandy Bay Campus, but the specific venue will be advised on the Home page for each meeting.

Excursions are held on the following Saturday or Sunday. Final arrangements for excursions are arranged at the meeting and are advertised on this website.



From time to time the Club acknowledges exceptional service of a member by awarding a life membership. The Club rules state 'That at no time shall the roll of honorary life members exceed 8.'

1927: L Rodway    1940: EA Elliot    1941: Mrs L Rodway   

1942: GL Propsting   1945: EW Cruikshank    1948: H Sargison   

1952: RS Ellis, MSR Sharland, HG Vaughan

1954: CH Elliot    1960: RC Harvey    1965: AB Brownell   

1969: Mrs CH Elliot and Mrs FI Green    1977: Jesse Luckman   

1978: HK Aves    1979: LE Wall     1981: M Westbrook  

1983: AM Hewer    1985: Marjorie Wall    1988: Gerard Van Munster   

2008: Barbara Greenstreet, Julia Scott and Isa Hurburgh

2016: Don Hird, Priscilla Park and David Ratkowsky

2020: Janet Fenton, 2021: Genevieve Gates, 2023: Dr. Kevin Bonham



Past meeting venues have included Lecture Theatre 1 of the Life Sciences Building at UTAS and rooms at the Tasmanian Museum, CSIRO, a church and the Masonic Hall.

There is a full list of past venues and dates here.



Here is a list of past office bearers, 1904-2022