Samuel Hodgkinson photographed with items similar to those stolen by his convict ancestor William Bellamy. Photograph (c) Mine Konakci Exhibition details: What: A convict in the family? photographic exhibition Where: Asylum, Port Arthur Historic Site and Matrons Quarters, Cascades Female Factory Historic Site Exhibiting: 4 November 2014 – 28 February 2015 Admission: Access to the exhibition is included in the cost of site entry Hours: 9.30am-4.30pm
Australian singer songwriter Katie Noonan's interest in convict “love tokens”, led her to research Australia's convict women and set their stories to music. Her research led her to visit the Cascades Female Factory and Port Arthur. The result is Love-Song-Circus, blending Noonan's vocals with three acrobats moving in fluid rhythm around them. Interestingly, the circus troupe she performs with, Circa, also visited and performed at Port Arthur last year, as part of Ten Days on the Island.
abc.net.au We are very excited that the project to conserve the Penitentiary is getting under way. The works will ensure that this globally significant structure remains to be visited and understood for generations into the future.