Port Arthur Historic Site

Port Arthur Historic Site

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The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of the most significant cultural heritage sites in Australia and is internationally significant.

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Australia Port Arthur, Australia


December 2009

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    What are things I can not miss while in Tassie this summer?

    Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula and participate in the fascinating range of hands-on activities during Summer. Uncover the Past with the Public Archaeology Program 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. Family Games and Activities Program 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. 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. Port Arthur History Plays The ever-popular Port Arthur History Plays are performed twice daily (weather permitting). 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? More information - www.portarthur.org.au Cheers, almost 10 years ago