Convict and colonial history to be brought to life this summer at Port Arthur
Convict and colonial historywill be brought to life this summer at the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, through a range of entertaining, engaging and informative activities being presented through the holiday season.
Anyone, young or old, who’s ever dreamed of grabbing a trowel to help uncover lost history will want to join our archaeologists on the oval to grab a trowel and get their hands dirty as they help uncover some of the hidden history of Port Arthur and ask about the secrets that lay just beneath the surface. Trowels are provided. January 9-26 (except Saturdays).
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?
Each play is performed twice daily (weather permitting). The plays are produced and directed by Alan Andrews and performed by Alan with Jenn Ryan, Kai Raisbeck and Quinn Griggs. The season runs from December 27 until January 28, daily except Saturdays.
Meanwhile, up at the Accountant’s House, visitors can make a Peg Doll, have a go at moulding their very own miniature convict brick, or find out what a fantascope is then make one to take home, in our program of family fun activities.
Participation in these activities is included in the cost of Site entry. For full details, check www.portarthur.org.au/summer, give our Visitor Centre a call on 1800 659 101 or pick up a leaflet on arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site.
A young visitor helps to uncover the past in the Public Archaeology Program at the Port Arthur Historic Site
A scene from 'A Boy's Life', one of the Port Arthur History Plays, a popular summer attraction at Port Arthur
Making miniature convict bricks at the Port Arthur Historic Site