Van Diemen's Land Convicts

Men and women transported from Britain to the beautiful island of Tasmania, but back then known as the far-flung inhospitable island of Van Diemen's Land. It was officially renamed Tasmania in 1856 to combat 'the convict stain' on the colony's reputation. While for some VDL was hell on earth, for others it was the chance of a new and better life
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The Hospital, Port Arthur, Tasmania #yankinaustralia #australia

The Hospital, Port Arthur, Tasmania #yankinaustralia #australia

Ruins on Sarah island, once a penal settlement, west coast Tasmania

Ruins on Sarah island, once a penal settlement, west coast Tasmania

Bakery Ruins on Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour near Strahan in Western Tasmania

Bakery Ruins on Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour near Strahan in Western Tasmania

The Guardhouse at Port Arthur Convict Settlement, Tasmania

The Guardhouse at Port Arthur Convict Settlement, Tasmania

Grummet Island 1824 with prisoners towing a raft of logs to Sarah Island

Grummet Island 1824 with prisoners towing a raft of logs to Sarah Island

Alfred Maldon, per Tamar  Port Arthur photographs, 1874

Alfred Maldon, per Tamar Port Arthur photographs, 1874

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