Colonial pastimes round off busy summer at Port Arthur

January 31, 2008

The Australia Day long weekend was made more memorable for many visitors to the Port Arthur Historic Site by their participation in a range of family activities arranged by the Site’s Education Officer, Sharyn Walters.

Sharyn joined the Port Arthur staff one year ago and has been working hard to develop onsite activities for visitors ranging from schools to families and special interest groups.

“We have been running a program of colonial games and family fun since Boxing Day at the Accountant’s House in Church Street, as part of the Historic Site’s summer program,” said Sharyn.

“For the Australia Day weekend, we decided to make the activities a bit more special by inviting visitors to join us for a tea party on the Monday.”

It proved popular, with dozens of visitors calling by to participate in the activities, ranging from quoits and croquet to hand-making slippers and brooms.

“The activities during the month also included nature walks and crafts, with the idea of giving visitors an experience of the sorts of family pastimes that would have been enjoyed during the convict era.”

January is generally the Port Arthur Historic Site’s busiest month. This year, around 40,000 people have visited the Site so far.

Visitors sporting the results of their efforts

Visitors sporting the results of their efforts

A variety of craft activities were offered

A variety of craft activities were offered

Croquet on the lawns was a popular game over the Australia Day weekend

Croquet on the lawns was a popular game over the Australia Day weekend