Celebrate Port Arthur’s anniversaries

August 20, 2007


Four anniversaries will be celebrated at the Port Arthur Historic Site in September and everyone is invited to join in the fun.

September marks 177 years since the opening of the Port Arthur penal colony. It also marks the 130th anniversary of its closure as a prison. This year, the Site has been celebrating 30 years of archaeological study of Port Arthur, and finally, the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority celebrates its 20th birthday, having been established in 1987.

Special celebrations
In recognition of the anniversary milestones, the Port Arthur Historic Site is putting together a program of events in early October. Details are still being finalised, but key elements will be as follows:

Anniversary symposium
Friday 5 October, 2-5pm
JMO Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site
Hosted by internationally respected conservation specialist and PAHSMA Deputy Chair, Professor Sharon Sullivan AO, this afternoon of presentations from people who are passionate about the Site and its stories will examine the history and achievements of the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Sunset cocktail cruise
Friday 5 October, 5.30-6.30pm
aboard the MV Marana
Socialise with others who are passionate about our heritage as you cruise Port Arthur’s harbour, departing the Port Arthur Wharf at 5.30pm sharp.

Refreshments will be available on board from the bar.

With thanks to Navigators for supporting this event.

Anniversary dinner
Friday 5 October, 7pm
Asylum hall, Port Arthur Historic Site
Join our host, the irrepressible Dr Barry Jones AO, Chair of PAHSMA for a delicious and enjoyable evening of stories and celebration. Our special guest will be the Hon Paula Wriedt, MHA, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Environment.

Archaeology workshop
Saturday 6 October 9-11am
JMO Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site
PAHSMA Archaeologist Greg Jackman will lead a workshop to develop a new Archaeology Plan for the Port Arthur and Coal Mines historic sites.

Picnic at the Coal Mines Historic Site
Saturday 6 October, 12 noon–4.30pm
Explore the Coal Mines site with some expert guides on this special tour and picnic. Management of the Coal Mines Historic Site was transferred to PAHSMA in late 2004. It is a uniquely significant example of convict industry and was the first mine in Tasmania.

Located on the north-western tip of the Tasman Peninsula around a half hour drive from Port Arthur, it offers a very different visitor experience from the Port Arthur site. Coach transport will depart from and return to Port Arthur and a picnic lunch is included.
Join us

To book now for these celebrations, please email your details to Vicki Skeggs at the Port Arthur Historic Site or phone 03 6251 2339.