A road in Van Diemen’s Land topic of next Port Arthur Talk

September 27, 2006

‘A road in Van Diemen’s Land: the story of convict built “Bell’s Line of Road” from the Derwent River to St Peter’s Pass 1820-1824’. A talk on this topic is coming up on 18 October.
Presented by John Thompson, this talk will look at the events leading to the construction of “Bell’s Line of Road” including the excavations of the road and its archaeological and historical importance, and includes photographs of the road as it appears today.

With a background in horticulture and a long-time advocate of archaeology in Tasmania, John has in recent years undertaken considerable research into the convict probation stations – in particular those on the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas, and has presented numerous talks to historical societies. Having also written for the Tasmanian Historical Research Association, John has been involved with aboriginal site surveys in Tasmania as well as a volunteer on numerous excavations.

John wrote a book on the topic of this talk. All welcome!

Wednesday 18 October, 2006 at 5.30 pm
Junior Medical Officer’s conference room, Port Arthur Historic Site