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December 2007

Tasman Peninsula's brand reinvigorated


A new website and colour brochure have been created to encourage more visitors to experience the wonders of the Tasman Peninsula and stay longer.

New passes to enhance Port Arthur visitor experience


New entry and tour packages will help visitors plan their sightseeing at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

November 2007

Port Arthur Dockyard Project awarded


The innovative Port Arthur Dockyard project has received the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects' Project Award for Design in Landscape Architecture.

Port Arthur honoured at Tourism Awards


The Port Arthur Historic Site's leading position in the Tasmanian tourism industry was acknowledged on Friday with major wins at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards.

October 2007

Busy Year For Port Arthur Historic Site


The last financial year has been a period of achievement for The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority.

Work commences on Separate Prison


Special bricks are being manufactured close to the size of the old convict style bricks and will be used for conservation works at the Separate Prison.

Port Arthur anniversary celebrations a raging success


Around eighty people joined in the festivities at the recent anniversary celebrations at Port Arthur.

Anniversary Celebrations For Our Convict Heritage Icon


Around 600 people have taken advantage of Port Arthur's celebratory Ticket of Leave pass promotion and will now have the opportunity to visit the historic site unlimited times during the next two years.

September 2007

Heavenly voices lift spirits at Historic Site


The Port Arthur Historic Site was delighted to welcome the Australian Girls Choir for a lunchtime performance at the Asylum hall last Tuesday.

Visitor perceptions of Port Arthur catalyst for works of art


Tasmania's iconic heritage drawcard, Port Arthur, is a photographer and artist's dream but one American artist is looking deeper into the fabric of the former penal colony to provide inspiration for her work.

August 2007

Saving Port Arthur's Oak Trees


Urgent work is being done to save two of Port Arthur's most significant heritage trees.

Ghost poet visits Port Arthur


Port Arthur's reputation as a haunted site and a place of serious study and learning will see it included in an unconventional nationwide arts project.

Celebrate Port Arthur's anniversaries


Four anniversaries will be celebrated at the Port Arthur Historic Site in September and everyone is invited to mark the occasion.

Coal Mines Historic Site added to National Heritage List


The Coal Mines Historic Site at Saltwater River, which is the most intact penal coal mine in Australia, has been added to the National Heritage List.

July 2007

New tourism TV show gets of to flying start at Port Arthur


As part of the State Government's program to encourage Tasmanians to explore more of their own State, filming has begun on the pilot episode of a new Tasmanian travel series which will be aired later this year.

May 2007

Conservation volunteers conserve Tasmania's convict heritage


A group of international volunteers has been working to conserve a part of Tasmania's convict heritage.

New visitor attraction highlights sounds, sights of old Port Arthur dockyard


The old dockyard at the Port Arthur Historic Site has been transformed into an exciting new attraction featuring innovative technology to add to the visitor experience.

Funding boost to conserve Separate Prison


The Port Arthur Historic Site has been awarded Australian Government funding for restoration work on the Separate Prison building.

April 2007

Stonemasonry skills demonstrated at Port Arthur


Maintaining and conserving the Port Arthur Historic Site, with its range of colonial-era structures, requires that some very traditional trades be kept alive.

March 2007

Heritage conservation skills on display at Port Arthur


A range of traditional trades and heritage conservation skills are being kept alive at Port Arthur.

Come to the Port Arthur Picnic this Sunday


The Port Arthur Historic Site hosts a special day of art, music, food and fun for the whole family.

Premier opens the Port Arthur Project


The Premier Paul Lennon today opened the Port Arthur Project, described as the most significant event to date commissioned by Ten Days on the Island.

Five years afloat and one million passengers


The magnificent MV Marana, the magnificent 42 metre cruising catamaran that takes visitors to Port Arthur on their cruise around the harbour, celebrates five years on the run this Friday, 9 March.

February 2007

Conservation Volunteers helping out at Point Puer


Eight Conservation Volunteers have spent the past week working at Point Puer

World Heritage Centre focus on historic site


The Port Arthur chapter in Australia's convict story was highlighted this week to a high-level delegation from the World Heritage Centre.

January 2007

Artist-in-Residence explores Port Arthur's literary heritage


Tasmanian artist Brigita Ozolins is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Port Arthur Historic Site. She will be using the residency to develop two projects inspired by the life and work of Henry Savery, Australia's first novelist.

Cruise ship visits Port Arthur


The cruise ship Pacific Princess anchored in Masons Cove at Port Arthur today, bringing with her over 600 passengers for day trips and sightseeing.

History brought to life at Port Arthur


Some of the fascinating stories from Port Arthur's convict past are being brought to life in a series of theatre performances at the Historic Site this summer.

Tasmanian convict sites to be part of nomination for World Heritage List


Five of Tasmania's key convict sites will be included in a nomination for World Heritage Listing.

Chinese delegation to highlight famous Mogao Grottoes


Members of a Chinese delegation visiting Port Arthur will present a talk on the famous Chinese Mogao Grottoes tomorrow (Thursday 11 January).