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Port Arthur's post-convict history revealed through rubbish


After Port Arthur closed as a prison and it moved to becoming a farming community, its name was changed to Carnarvon. Its story is being revealed by archaeological examination of its municipal rubbish dump.

The development of the township of Carnarvon is a fascinating part of Port Arthur’s history. This presentation will consider the development of the township and the Historic Site’s history during the 20th century, drawing on evidence from the archaeological excavations of the Carnarvon municipal rubbish dump.

Annita Waghorn is an archaeologist for the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) and a Master’s degree in Cultural Resource Management. She has worked extensively in Australia and the U.S. on historical archaeological projects.

This Port Arthur Talk is being presented as part of National Archaeology Week.


Tuesday 18 May 2010

5.30pm at the Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site

Please RSVP if you wish to attend - call 03 6251 2324

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Annita Waghorn at work excavating the rubbish dump site

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Volunteer archaeologist Anne Golden at work on the excavation.