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December 2012

New daily hours and tour times for Female Factory


There are new daily opening hours and added tour times available at the Cascades Female Factory.

Enjoy high tea in style at Port Arthur


If all the stories of the hardship endured by convicts at Port Arthur get a bit much this summer, visitors will be able to escape to the stylishly refurbished former residence of the Visiting Magistrate to ease their bodies and minds over afternoon tea.

Port Arthur's WW1 Soldiers Memorial Avenue celebrated


A significant aspect of Port Arthur's post-convict history has been celebrated, with the launch of new conservation and interpretation works on the Soldiers Memorial Avenue.

November 2012

Many achievements during Port Arthur's challenging year


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority's (PAHSMA's) success in the 2012 Tasmanian Tourism Awards has been a highlight of a difficult but productive period.

Port Arthur honoured at Tourism Awards


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is celebrating major wins at the 2012 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, announced in Hobart on November 9.

New daily Museum House talks at Port Arthur


Port Arthur Guides are now offering daily talks in two of the most popular of the convict-era Museum Houses at Port Arthur.

October 2012

Community celebration at Port Arthur


Port Arthur is famous (or infamous) for its convict past. It was a penal settlement for a little under fifty years, from 1830 to 1877. But what happened at Port Arthur after that?

Experiences of fine music at Port Arthur


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority was proud to present a performance of fine classical music, including works by JS Bach, Handel and Dvorak, by the Australian Chamber Orchestra's emerging artists ensemble ACO2.

September 2012

Historic study of sea-level change continues at Port Arthur after 169 years


Dr John Hunter will speak about his long-term study of sea-level change at Port Arthur in the next Port Arthur Talk. Dr Hunter's work has been inspired by work carried out nearly 170 years ago by storekeeper at Port Arthur, Thomas Lempriere.

Archaeololgy fieldwork at Port Arthur continues to illuminate our convict past


A recent project has reexamined artefacts originally excavated at Port Arthur during the 1970s, but which have not until now been fully studied due to a life cut tragically short.

35 years of archaeological collections topic of our next Port Arthur Talk


Archaeological investigations at Port Arthur began in 1977 with excavation of the Prisoners' Barracks by Sydney University graduate student Maureen Byrne. Over the next 35 years, 600 archaeological projects have been undertaken.

Join the fun at Port Arthur these school holidays


Always a popular destination during the holidays, Port Arthur offers special family activities this term break.

August 2012

Reminders of early tourism and village life in celebration of a unique community


Port Arthur is famous (or infamous) for its convict past. It was a penal settlement for a little under fifty years, from 1830 to 1877. But what happened at Port Arthur after that?

Cascades Female Factory topic of next Port Arthur Talk


The recent history and plans for the future of the World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory Historic Site will be discussed by three people who are well-placed to help determine that future, in the next Port Arthur Talk.

July 2012

More History Unveiled at Female Factory


Tasmania's Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, has unveiled the results of major conservation works in a previously derelict yard at the World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart.

Community members invited to join Cascades Female Factory advisory group


Members of the local community are being invited to join an advisory committee that will offer advice and feedback on the management and conservation of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

Colonial powerplays explored in next Port Arthur Talk


Honorary Research Associate at UTAS, Craig Joel, will reveal the story of how a civil servant came to usurp the Governor's authority in his desire to curry favour with British ministers, and in the process affected the Colony's political development.

June 2012

New Dockyard Visitor Guide now available


A new visitor guide to the Port Arthur Dockyard is now available to help visitors gain a better insight into this rare example of a convict operated shipyard.

Exciting new visitor experiences across three historic sites


Exciting new visitor experiences across all three of Tasmania's Port Arthur Historic Sites will be presented to international travel agents and wholesalers at Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in Perth over the next week.

Heritage grant to reveal footprints of convict history


The yards of the Cascades Female Factory will be filled with the footprints of the convict buildings that housed the women who were once held and worked there, as part of a conservation and interpretation project funded by the Federal Government.

Port Arthur's 'Biggest Loser' contestant at next Port Arthur Talk


Port Arthur Historic Site staff member Lydia Hantke will discuss her experience of appearing in the television show The Biggest Loser at the next Port Arthur Talk.

May 2012

A new activity added to Port Arthur School Holiday fun


The popular school holiday family activities at the Port Arthur Historic Site have become firm favourites, with the convict brick and peg doll-making especially popular, and many people now understand what a fantascope is.

Community celebration of Port Arthur's post-convict heritage


Port Arthur is famous (or infamous) for its convict past. It was a penal settlement for a little under fifty years, from 1830 to 1877. But what happened at Port Arthur after that?

Hear about convict women in the next Port Arthur Talk


In the nineteenth century, 25,000 women were transported from Great Britain to Australia to serve as "tamers and breeders" following their arrest for petty theft, for pilfering small items as the only means to survive, other than prostitution.

April 2012

Port Arthur Gift Shop now online


A wide range of items sold in the Port Arthur Historic Site's popular gift shop is now available online.

Rare convict artefact donated to Cascades Female Factory


What is believed to be an historically significant item, discovered by chance at a charity book fair held in Burnie, has been donated to the Cascades Female Factory.

Explore the landscape and people of Maria Island


The ways that people shape places, and in turn places shape people, with a particular focus on Maria Island, will be explored in the next Port Arthur Talk.

March 2012

Easter fun at Port Arthur


The much-loved series of History Plays that graced Port Arthur over summer will return for the Easter week, to join a program of fun family pastimes and an art exhibition.

Port Arthur hosts Chinese guests


Links between the Port Arthur Historic Site and a major World Heritage-listed treasure in western China are being strengthened this month, with a visit to the convict-era site by three Chinese guiding staff.

Calling for nominations


The Board of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is calling for nominations for the PAHSMA Community Advisory Committee.

February 2012

Poulticing the Penitentiary


Work to repair and mitigate against further damage to Port Arthur's heritage buildings following last July's major storm continues, with work underway to remove excess salt from the foundations of the Penitentiary.

Investigate the paranormal at Port Arthur


Brave souls who need more than the regular Ghost Tour to achieve their chills and thrills now have the opportunity to investigate the paranormal aspect of Port Arthur in an exciting new late night, adults-only Paranormal Investigation Experience.

Exciting new theatrical visitor experience available at Cascades Female Factory


An exciting new interactive visitor experience at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is bringing the extraordinary story of the women and children who were incarcerated at the now World Heritage-listed site to life for visitors.

January 2012

Children at risk topic of next Port Arthur Talk


The care of vulnerable children has been an issue in Tasmania since the convict era.

Memorial Avenue draft Conservation Management Plan for comment


The Soldiers Memorial Avenue on the Port Arthur Historic Site is a significant component of the heritage of Port Arthur, with a strong association with the post-convict township history of the area.