Tatts in Tasmania


An exhibition telling the story of an entrepreneurial nineteenth century Tasmanian and the company he built opens today at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

Tatts in Tasmania is a social history exhibition that explores the history of Tattersall’s and its founder George Adams.

“Tattersall’s played an important role in Tasmania’s economy from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century, and the company’s famous lottery became a national institution,” TMAG Director Bill Bleathman said.

Tatts in Tasmania showcases a substantial collection of fascinating historical memorabilia relating to the company which was recently acquired by the museum.

“The collection was generously donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by the Tatts Group Limited (formerly Tattersall’s).”

Tatts in Tasmania is on show from 13 December 2013 – 23 February 2014

Image captions:

(Above) Cartoon of George Adams by Tom Midwood, drawn in opposition to the postal ban imposed on Tattersall’s by the Commonwealth Government in 1902 (detail)

(Below) Tourist poster of Tasmania sponsored by George Adams, Hobart c. 1950, paper