Port Arthur Talks

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority presents this semi-regular series of talks by authoritative speakers on a variety of topics, ranging from history and conservation to environmental issues, research results, study tours and much more.

The talks are held every couple of months at the Port Arthur Historic Site, are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in the topic. Rich and varied subjects and speakers make for fascinating listening and discussion.

For more information about our Port Arthur Talks, please phone +61 (0)3 6251 2324.


Forthcoming Port Arthur Talks


Thursday 9 February 2017

Feed them meat ~ a history of the meat supply at Port Arthur

presented by Dr Jane Lennon AM

A decision to feed convicts with fresh meat instead of year old salted meat led to the development of a profitable regional trade between Gipps’ Land and Van Diemen’s Land.  This lecture tells the story of contracts, companies and clubs.  It had a major impact on the economy of two regions – Gipps’ Land and the SE Tasmanian peninsulas.  Supplies of stock were required on a regular basis from the newly developing region.  Squatters became wealthy on the proceeds of assured markets, although this involved close connections with the agents and contractors; ships were built or purchased to ply the trading route and regular crew and clientele developed to serve this; government and administrative services developed at both embarkation and disembarkation points to service the new trade.

Jane Lennon is an historical geographer with a PhD on cultural landscape conservation.  Her work in Tasmania commenced in 1970 and resulted in her MA thesis on the Bass Strait trade in the 1840s; she prepared the conservation management plan for the Broad Arrow Café at Port Arthur in 1998. She was a national park planner, historic site manager, an Australian Heritage Commissioner (1998-2004), ICCROM council member (1999-2003), Australian Heritage Council member (2004-9), and is currently a heritage consultant in Brisbane and tree planter in the upper Clarence catchment, NSW. She is an Honorary Professor at University of Melbourne, an adjunct professor at Deakin University, chairs the Lake Victoria Advisory Committee; and is the Australian voting member on the ICOMOS ISC on Cultural Landscapes. Her recent publications have been on convict places, Pastoral Australia and cultural landscapes.

All welcome.

Thursday 9 February at 5.30 p.m.

Junior Medical Officer’s House conference room (the building at the rear of the house)

Port Arthur Historic Site

For more information call 6251 2324