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December 2008

New courtesy buggies improve disabled access at Port Arthur


Three new courtesy buggies, delivered to the Port Arthur Historic Site today just in time for the peak summer season, will improve access for visitors with limited mobility.

Port Arthur Historic Site Takes Top Tourism Award


The Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, has congratulated staff at the Port Arthur Historic Site for being named the State's Major Tourist attraction for the ninth consecutive time.

November 2008

Mark Webber Challenge visits Port Arthur


The annual Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge was held last week and for the first time a stage was held on the Tasman Peninsula, culminating with a stage finish at the Port Arthur Historic Site on Saturday 22 November.

Further work completed at the Separate Prison


The long-term conservation and reinterpretation work at Port Arthur's Separate Prison continues, with the completion of work on the infamous Punishment, or 'Dumb' Cell.

August 2008

Separate Prison opens another glimpse into the past


The Premier today joined with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to reopen the first stage of the Separate Prison Conservation Project at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Craftsmanship lights up Separate Prison


While the conservation of the Separate Prison has been a detailed and challenging project, some of the most fascinating stories from the whole project are those involving the recreation of the details for the reinterpreted building.

July 2008

Fiddlers fire up the Historic Site


The rafters of the old Asylum Hall at the Port Arthur Historic Site rattled to the lively and happy sounds of Australia's largest 'fiddle orchestra' last Friday evening.

June 2008

Plaudits for Port Arthur Historic Site


Staff at the Port Arthur Historic Site are celebrating winning two significant awards. Last night, the Historic Site was named best heritage tourism destination in Australia at the annual Gourmet Traveller Travel Awards in Sydney.

May 2008

Pilgrimage visits Port Arthur


The World Youth Day pilgrimage around Tasmania made its way to the Port Arthur Historic Site last Saturday, for a day of celebration and reflection.

April 2008

Lasers helping to conserve the past at Port Arthur


The historic Penitentiary at Port Arthur has been receiving some very high-tech attention this week, as the first step in ensuring its long-term survival.

High-Tech Colonial Heritage Education Program Launched


A high-tech tool to help secondary students engage with Tasmania's colonial heritage was launched today by the Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage, and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne.

130 Years of Tourism at Port Arthur celebrated


Port Arthur has been a magnet for tourists ever since the prison closed in 1877. This long period of the Historic Site's history will be celebrated by a special exhibition that opens this week.

Picnic day a community celebration


Around 200 local residents and many more passing visitors enjoyed some very high standard entertainment last Sunday at the Port Arthur Picnic.

March 2008

Hotted-up roadsters make for record-breaking Easter at Port Arthur


Easter Sunday is always one of the busiest days of any year at the Port Arthur Historic Site. This year, around 350 cars and 650 of their enthusiast owners from the Street Rod Rally swelled the numbers to record breaking levels.

Tasdance treat for Port Arthur Picnic


Tasmania's acclaimed contemporary dance company, Tasdance, will perform at the Port Arthur Picnic on Sunday 30 March.

Storyteller workshops to enhance interpretation skills


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority has secured the services of one of the world's most highly regarded professional storytellers to give a series of workshops for Tasmanian guiding and interpretation professionals during April

Tassie World Heritage Convict Site Managers meet at Port Arthur


Managers of Tasmania's six World Heritage-nominated Convict Sites have been meeting at the Port Arthur Historic Site this week.

February 2008

Dianna's "convict" past a brick in the wall of Port Arthur history


A Canadian teacher who souvenired a convict brick from the Port Arthur Historic Site 37 years ago has returned to the scene of her crime for an unusual reunion.

New DVD showcases Port Arthur


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority has released a new souvenir DVD containing two fascinating short films made by local production companies that offer an entertaining and informative insight into the history of the convict settlement.

Cultural exchange at Port Arthur Historic Site


A very special cultural exchange has been taking place over the past few weeks as three guides from a Chinese world heritage site have undertaken a secondment to the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA).

Submarine pops up in Port


Just a couple of days after the visit of the shining white Sun Princess to Port Arthur, the Historic Site has hosted a very different waterborne visitor.

Sun Princess visits Port Arthur


The population of the Tasman Peninsula roughly doubled on Monday when cruise ship the Sun Princess moored in Port Arthur for the day.

January 2008

Colonial pastimes round off busy summer at Port Arthur


The Australia Day long weekend was made more memorable for many visitors to the Port Arthur Historic Site by their participation in a range of family activities.

PAHSMA Training Officer helps Puffing Billy stay on track


Port Arthur Historic Site Training Officer Phil Fitzpatrick recently spent three days on secondment to the team that operates the Puffing Billy Railway in Victoria's Dandenong Ranges.

Tidy Town Awards for Port Arthur Historic Site projects


Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority projects were recognised with several gongs in the recent Tasmanian Tidy Towns awards.

Archaeology comes alive for visitors to Port Arthur


Port Arthur's team of archaeologists and volunteers are hard at work this summer, uncovering more hidden secrets and also revealing the practical workings and importance of archaeology for visitors.