Explore the landscape and people of Maria Island

April 11, 2012

The ways that people shape places, and in turn places shape people, with a particular focus on Maria Island, will be explored in the next Port Arthur Talk.

This presentation, presented by Kathy Gatenby and Tom Dunbabin, looks at the changing landscape of Maria Island from the early convict period to its evolution as a National Park. It draws on the stories of the people who once lived on the island together with a vast collection of historical images, as they explore the importance of place to the people who once called Maria Island ‘home’.

Kathy and Tom have very close associations with Maria Island – Kathy lived there as a child and Tom spent most of his life on a farm overlooking the island.

Both have written books about the island; Tom exploring his ancestor’s farming experience in the 1870s in Making their Own Way: the Dunbabins of Maria Island 1869-1876, while Kathy introduces us to the Robeys who lived there in the 1900s in Viv and Hilda: meeting the Robeys of Maria Island.

Signed copies of these books will be available for purchase on the night.

The talk will be held in the Junior Medical Officer’s conference room at the Port Arthur Historic Site on Thursday April 19 at 5.30pm. Admission is free and open to anyone who is interested in the topic.

More about the Port Arthur Talks series