Early Tasmanian Treasures on Display Fri 27 July 2012 Bryan Green Deputy Premier Download hi-res version The Deputy Premier Bryan Green today opened an exhibition featuring historical maps, charts and plans dating back to when Tasmania was first settled. The 'Early Treasures' exhibition in Hobart's Service Tasmania shop provides a glimpse into Tasmania's past with a collection of high quality digital reproductions. "This exhibition gives people an insight and access to a huge range of historical material that has been locked away," Mr Green said. "The 'early treasures' on display are just part of a unique collection now readily available for people to view and purchase." Mr Green said the original works were archived and preserved. "As far back as 1803, survey plans were prepared and later registered with the former Lands and Survey Department, now part of the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment." Mr Green said while the level of detail varied, many of the 200 year old plans and charts showed the names of property owners and occupants, the position and construction material of original buildings, streets, waterways and areas of vegetation. "While celebrating the preservation of the past this exhibition also highlights the importance of new technology in making these records available for future generations to use and appreciate," Mr Green said.