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Dr Barry Jones introduces the Port Arthur Historic Site in this video

Barry Jones Donation Video Image(Credit: PAHSMA, 2008)

We need your help to conserve our convict heritage

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority manages the Port Arthur Historic Site and the Coal Mines Historic Site on behalf of the people of Tasmania.

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority receives significant funding support for its conservation work from the Tasmanian Government.

Revenues from our tourism operations, including our cafes and bistro, gift shop and ticket sales, also fund our conservation work.

However, this is not sufficient to complete all of the important work we need to do to conserve our unique heritage.

We need to seek support from the wider community – including people like you – to help us conserve this heritage for future generations.

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How can you help?

Visit as often as you are able and encourage your family and friends to come too.

 A proportion of every dollar spent at the Port Arthur Historic Site contributes to our conservation works, and passionate, informed regular visitors are valuable advocates for the need for conservation of these very special places.

If you can spare a few coins, there are donation boxes located in various parts of the Port Arthur Historic Site. These, and the memorial pool and fountain, are cleared regularly with contributions credited to the Port Arthur Conservation Fund. 

Keep in touch

You can keep up with everything that's happening at the Port Arthur Historic Sites in several ways.

Make a donation to the Port Arthur Conservation Fund

We have established the Port Arthur Conservation Fund to enable organisations and individuals to provide financial contributions to the ongoing management of the Historic Sites.

Donations of $2.00 and over are tax deductible.

Supporting the Fund could be a wonderful way for a family to honour an ancestor who was at Port Arthur and to celebrate our convict heritage.

Download a donation form and post or fax it to us, or ask for a form at the Visitor Centre.

Consider donating through the Cultural Gifts Program

The Cultural Gifts Program is a Commonwealth Government program that provides tax incentives to encourage gifts of culturally significant items from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives.

If you have an item or items that you feel might be a valuable addition to our collections, please contact our Heritage Programs Manager to discuss the possibility of donating it under this program.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept all offers of items for our collections. Please see our Collections page for more details. (Link to Collections page)

Please contact us to discuss your donation

A word from Dr Barry Jones

Barry was Chairman of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority for many years. He recorded this introduction to Port Arthur, along with an explanation of our need for public support, several years ago. While Barry is no longer our Chairman, the message is still relevant and heartfelt.

Click here to download a text version of speech

Download a donation form

  • PAHSMA Donation Form [PDF 8MB]

    Use this form to make a financial donation to support the conservation work of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.