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Port Arthur the place for budding history buffs this summer


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.

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. 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 couple of other activities happening twice daily.  Participate in colonial-era games, take a seat on the Story Blanket, 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

Our 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, give our Visitor Centre a call on 1800 659 101 or pick up a leaflet on arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Port Arthur the place for budding history buffs this summer

A young visitor gets to work with trowel and trench at Port Arthur.

Port Arthur the place for budding history buffs this summer

'A Boy's Life', one of the popular History Plays performed at Port Arthur.