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December 2011

New Isle of the Dead Jetty officially opened


Minister for Heritage, Brian Wightman MP, today officially opened the new jetty on the Isle of the Dead at Port Arthur, facilitating access for around 23,000 visitors who tour the island each year.

June 2011

Port Arthur celebrating significant cultural gift


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is celebrating the gift of a significant collection of records and artefacts belonging to a former Commandant at the penal settlement, James Boyd.

May 2011

Discover the strange story of Port Arthur's elk this weekend


Port Arthur's agricultural heritage generally takes a back seat to its history of crime and punishment. But Port Arthur was a productive agricultural settlement, with crops and livestock. That livestock included, for a few months in 1871, an elk!

April 2011

Collecting Memories at Tasmania's World Heritage Convict Sites


Did your grandparents camp at the Coal Mines, or does someone in your family remember playing tennis in front of Port Arthur's penitentiary?

March 2011

Sustainability measures making a difference at Port Arthur


Staff at the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority have been working to reduce our overall environmental impact across the organisation, with very positive early results.

Aerial acts of daring beauty at Port Arthur


Over three days, the Port Arthur Historic Site will play host to a glorious outdoor performance entitled "Ringing the Changes" by Australia's internationally celebrated Strange Fruit.