1 July 2016 - 31 December 2020
For almost fifty years from 1830 this intriguing settlement accommodated hardened convicts sent to Tasmania from Britain.
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More than just a tourist attraction, the Port Arthur Historic Site is an essential heritage experience. It is the best preserved convict settlement in Australia and among the most significant of the nation’s convict-era sites.
Recently included on the World Heritage List as part of a serial inscription of Australian convict sites, this nineteenth century convict settlement offers amazing insights into our nation’s past…
‘To Grind Rogues into Honest Men…’ such was the vision for the Port Arthur penal settlement – a bold experiment and groundbreaking attempt at reform and rehabilitation of the convicts of Van Diemen’s Land.
Along with the Coal Mines – Port Arthur was a key part of the colonial system of convict discipline. Remote, harsh, with no chance of escape, these were the perfect destinations for hardened, repeat offenders…but Port Arthur was much more than a prison.
As you explore the Site, powerful personal stories of convicts, soldiers, free people and their families will reveal themselves to you. Port Arthur’s tale is told in many ways. It will stay with you long after you have left.