Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site in Port Arthur, Tasman Council, Australia | Historic | Historic Site

Welcome to the Port Arthur Historic Site, Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia. Port Arthur is one of Australia's great tourism destinations. Every building, every feature of Port Arthur Historic Site has a story to tell.
The Port Arthur Historic Site today contains many traces of its former uses, including the 19th century prison and the later free township of Carnarvon/Port Arthur. The conservation of this rich and evocative landscape, as well as the associated archival resources, is an ongoing challenge.
Protection for some of the ruins began as early as 1916, when the old penal station became one of Australia's earliest gazetted Historic site, administered by the Scenery Preservation Board. Over the next 50 years former convict buildings were reacquired from private ownership by the Tasmanian government, and vital restoration works carried out.
Bring the Kids to the Port Arthur Historic Site and experience together the amazing stories of this place ? stories that are in many ways the foundation of who we are as Australians.
Give your school students a learning experience they will treasure for life by bringing them to the Port Arthur Historic Site. It is a place to experience first hand the stories of this place, stories that are fundamental to understanding the convict history of Australia.
There is a choice of Guided Tours, Optional Tours as well as a range of Self-Guided Activities and Educational Resources to assist with pre-visit learning.
Convict numbers at Port Arthur have long been estimates based on the number of convictions. To produce a more accurate figure, every conduct record in existence for Van Diemen's Land (about 75,000+) must be read and recorded. The records are held under the custodianship of the Archives Office of Tasmania.
Records of those who came to Port Arthur include details such as their original trial place, transportation offence and sentence, place of origin, age on arrival, trade, offences committed after arrival in the colony, locations they were at and freedoms gained. These details are now being logged into a database.
Visiting the Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania, Australia, is a must!

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Arthur Highway Port Arthur,Tasmania, Australia
Port Arthur
+61 3 6251 2300
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