Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania - Australia

Things to do in Tasmania - Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site - Tasmania, Australia

Things to do in Tasmania - Port Arthur Historic Site

The guard tower in the Port Arthur penal settlement ruins.  Port Arthur was first settled in 1830 as a timber town, however its deep port and remoteness soon saw the town develop into a timber harvesting penal colony. The hardest criminals were sent here to serve their sentences with hard labour. It served as a major prison from 1833 to 1877 when it closed. The buildings were abandoned and large bushfires in 1895 and 1897 further reduced the number of surviving buildings. In 1979 funding was…

The guard tower in the Port Arthur penal settlement ruins. Port Arthur was first settled in 1830 as a timber town, however its deep port and remoteness soon saw the town develop into a timber harvesting penal colony. The hardest criminals were sent here to serve their sentences with hard labour. It served as a major prison from 1833 to 1877 when it closed. The buildings were abandoned and large bushfires in 1895 and 1897 further reduced the number of surviving buildings. In 1979 funding was…

@ElisaParkRanger: 3.The Separate Prison:a new method of punishment thru isolation&contemplation..

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@ElisaParkRanger: 3.The Separate Prison:a new method of punishment thru isolation&contemplation..

Brilliant photo and wonderful feedback from recent visitor to the Port Arthur Historic Site and tweeter @James Hacon. Thanks James!

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Brilliant photo and wonderful feedback from recent visitor to the Port Arthur Historic Site and tweeter @James Hacon. Thanks James!

Church, Port Arthur.  One of my favourite places in the entire world.

Church, Port Arthur. One of my favourite places in the entire world.

@ElisaParkRanger:5.Guard Tower in the military district:Soldiers pursued & captured escaped convicts @Paulette Moore

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@ElisaParkRanger:5.Guard Tower in the military district:Soldiers pursued & captured escaped convicts @Paulette Moore

Delighted that Port Arthur is well up the Telegraph, UK's list of top Tasmanian attractions, along with some other brilliant cultural and heritage experiences.

Tasmania attractions

Delighted that Port Arthur is well up the Telegraph, UK's list of top Tasmanian attractions, along with some other brilliant cultural and heritage experiences.

@ElisaParkRanger: 4.The Isle of the Dead:1100 convicts were buried here betw. 1833-1877...so small @Paulette Moore

@ElisaParkRanger: 4.The Isle of the Dead:1100 convicts were buried here betw. 1833-1877...so small @Paulette Moore

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