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Family fun at Port Arthur this summer

24/12/2009

The Port Arthur Historic Site is the place to be this summer, for anyone who’s ever dreamed of grabbing a trowel to help uncover lost history.


The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Michelle O’Byrne said an exciting range of activities at the Historic Site’s oval will offer the chance for kids of all ages, and their families, to get their hands dirty as well as have a lot of fun.


“The Port Arthur Historic Site is an important cultural icon, but it is also a great venue for family fun,” Ms O’Byrne said.


“We have a jam-packed program of activities, so why not make a day of it at Port Arthur?”


The activities are:-


Help our archaeologists uncover some of the hidden history of Port Arthur and ask them about the secrets that lay just beneath the surface. Trowels are provided. January 10-26 (except Saturdays) 


Meanwhile, up at the Accountant’s House, there will be a range of activities happening twice daily.  Participate in colonial-era games, take a seat on the Story Blanket, and make nineteenth century children’s toys or your very own miniature convict brick.  December 26 to January 24


There will also be the opportunity to learn more about heritage conservation, view a demonstration of archaeological illustration, examine authentic convict records or hear the fascinating story of Port Arthur’s gardens. December 26 to January 24


The ever-popular Port Arthur History Plays are back too, being performed twice daily. Hear about convict Dennis Collins, who as an old man found that a hunger strike was the only protest available to him, in The Man Who Threw a Stone by Richard Davey.


The Shingle Strike, by David Young, tells the story of Irish poet Francis Macnamara’s endeavour to overcome the bullying tactics of an unscrupulous overseer. In A Boys Life by Les Winspear, a London street kid is sent across the world to Point Puer. Will he escape his life of crime? December 27-January 22


These activities are included in the cost of Site entry.


For full details, check www.portarthur.org.au, call the Visitor Centre on 1800 659 101 or pick up a leaflet on arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site.