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One of Australia's darkest days. The Port Arthur Massacre on 28th April 1996 was a killing spree where 35 people died and 23 wounded in the Historic Port Arthur Prison Colony. 28 year old Martin Bryant pleaded guilty and is serving 35 life sentences without parole.


Martin Bryant is an Australian mass murderer who pleaded guilty to murdering 35 people and injuring 23 others in the Port Arthur massacre, a shooting spree in Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia, in 1996. He is currently serving 35 life sentences plus 1,035 years without parole in the psychiatric wing of Risdon Prison in Hobart, Tasmania.


In the decade before Australia's 1996 Port Arthur massacre, 11 mass shootings left 100 dead. There have been none since. Homicides and suicides also plummeted.

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April 28,1996: Port Arthur Massacre in Australia. On this day in 1996, 28-year-old Martin Bryant begins a killing spree that ends in the deaths of 35 men, women and children in the quiet town of Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia. Bryant, who is believed to have an extremely low IQ and may be mentally handicapped, began the day by killing an elderly couple who were the owners of Port Arthur’s Seascape guesthouse.


Port Arthur Massacre Memorial Plaque, commemorating the opening of the Memorial Garden by Governor General Sir William Deane on 28 April 2000. Oddly, there are only 34 names listed, that of Raymond John Sharp is missing. Ray Sharp was the brother of Kevin Vincent Sharp who was also killed in the shooting and whose name is listed.


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The remaining shell of the former Broad Arrow Cafe, site of most of the killings during the Port Arthur Massacre 1996. The former cafe now forms part of the memorial garden.