Records and whip - just two examples of the  artefacts and Australian convict records at Port Arthur

Records and whip

Port Arthur Talks

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority presents this semi-regular series of talks by authoritative speakers on a variety of topics, ranging from history and conservation to environmental issues, research results, study tours and much more.

The talks are held every couple of months at the Port Arthur Historic Site, are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in the topic. Rich and varied subjects and speakers make for fascinating listening and discussion.

For more information about our Port Arthur Talks, please phone +61 (0)3 6251 2324.

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Wednesday 14 October, 2015 

Bushfire on the Tasman Peninsula: past and present 

presented by Peter Middleton

In recent years, parts of the Tasman Peninsula have known bushfires all too well. With the January 2013 bushfires destroying over 200 homes and properties and covering an area over 20,000ha’s, this reminded us of the uncontrollable nature of bushfires that burn out of control. But the Tasman Peninsula has seen many devastating fires both natural and human caused over the years, including two of historical significance at Port Arthur in 1895 and 1897.

Come along to this interesting talk to hear about how bushfires have impacted and shaped the Tasman Peninsula as well as hear about the predicted bushfire season for 2015/16. This talk will also allow for discussion, questions and an opportunity for community members to contribute to the work of the Tasmania Fire Service Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods program.

Peter Middleton is the Community Development Coordinator at Tasmania Fire Service.  His role develops community capacity to prevent, prepare for and respond to bushfires and fires in the home.  Peter coordinates the Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods program (National Resilient Australia Award winner 2014) which aims to increase shared responsibility and has a vision that 'we all play a part – individuals, fire agencies and communities'.  He has hands on firefighting experience as a Volunteer and Remote Area Firefighter in Australia for 15 years, including being on the front line at the height of the January 2013 bushfire on the Tasman Peninsula.

Wednesday 14 October, 2015 at 5.30 p.m. at the Junior Medical Officer's House conference room (rear of the house), Port Arthur Historic Site.

Please RSVP your attendance by calling 6251 2324.

Port Arthur Talks leaflet - Peter Middleton