"CONVICT SETTLEMENT" Top 5 Page for this destination Port Arthur by balhannah
Port Arthur Travel Guide: 58 reviews and 166 photos
Probably some of you didn't know that Port Arthur is a small town!
Port Arthur, Tasmania was once a home to over 12,500 convicts and
provided the severest form of punishment for difficult prisoners in England
and Australia between 1830 and 1853.
Port Arthur had some of the strictest security measures of the British penal
system AND convicts had no wish to end up in this prison!
Punishment at Port Arthur came in many forms.
There was physical punishment........
psychological punishment. .........
Hard corporal punishment, such as whippings.........
Silent System" ........ prisoners were hooded and made to stay silent, this
was supposed to allow time for the prisoner to reflect upon the actions
which had brought him there.
It is hard to imagine that by the 1850s Port Arthur was a remarkably self-
sufficient settlement and that the convicts were involved in industries as
ship building, growing vegetables, making shoes and boots, manufacturing
clothing, making bricks and cutting and processing timber. It is easy to
forget that this was one of the largest convict colonies in Australia and
that, as such, it provided all the facilities of a large village.
Another event, that we all wish never happened was when......
In 1996 it was the scene of the worst mass murder event in post-colonial
It is a wonderful "open air museum " and is Tasmania's top tourist attraction.
It is located approximately 60 km south east of Hobart.
The scenic drive from Hobart, via the Tasman Highway to Sorell and the
Arthur Highway to Port Arthur, takes around 90 minutes and covers
approximately 96 km.
Transport from Hobart to the site is also available via bus or ferry, and
various companies offer day tours from Hobart.
I have seen Port Arthur all ruins, many, many years ago, and I must say
that I really enjoyed seeing it this way.
Sometimes, in my opinion, it was nicer in ruins than being restored.
Well, now I have seen it in the restored form as well, it still is nice and
interesting, and I consider myself priveliged to have seen it "before"
A MUST VISIT!
- Pros:5* Open Air Museum - A must visit!
- In a nutshell:Do you want to go back in time? I don't think so!
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