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December 2010

Port Arthur History Plays start December 27

22/12/2010

The ever-popular Port Arthur History Plays are back at the Port Arthur Historic Site this summer. Hear about convict Dennis Collins, who as an old man found that a hunger strike was the only protest available to him, in The Man Who Threw a Stone.

Port Arthur Historic Site opens on Christmas Day

20/12/2010

Are you looking for a wonderful spot to enjoy a picnic on Christmas Day? Tasmania's leading cultural heritage tourist attraction, the Port Arthur Historic Site, will be open from 9.00am until 3.30pm on December 25.

Roche Brothers celebrate 25 years at Port Arthur

15/12/2010

Convicts at Port Arthur's notorious prison may have received sentences of a few months to many years, but few were at the Australian Convict heritage site as long as Peter, John and Michael Roche.

Focus on regional tourism strategy for Port Arthur region

07/12/2010

Tourism Tasmania's Dr Claire Ellis will discuss strategic ways to attract tourists to the Tasman Peninsula and increase their length of stays in tonight's Port Arthur Talk at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

November 2010

Convict and colonial history to be brought to life this summer at Port Arthur

16/11/2010

Convict and colonial history will be brought to life this summer at the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, through a range of entertaining, engaging and informative activities being presented through the holiday season.

Uncover the unusual geology of the Peninsulas at the next Port Arthur Talk

04/11/2010

The unusual geological history of the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas will be examined by Dr David Leaman in the next Port Arthur Talk.

Year of achievements for the Port Arthur Historic Sites (PAHSMA)

02/11/2010

The last financial year saw many significant developments and advances for the Tasmanian tourist attraction, despite the challenges arising from the global financial situation of the past two years.

October 2010

Port Arthur rogues live on in popular book

20/10/2010

The stories of Port Arthur's Tasmanian convicts have proven to be one of the World Heritage listed historic site's enduring appeals for visitors, with a popular book of the lives of 52 of those convicts now in its sixth reprint.

The Port Arthur Historic Sites are world class experiences

07/10/2010

The Port Arthur Historic Sites are two of Australia's World Heritage-listed convict heritage sites - the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites, both on the Tasman Peninsula around 100km south-east of Hobart.

September 2010

World Heritage examined at next Port Arthur Talk

22/09/2010

PAHSMA Deputy Chair and member of the Australian Heritage Council, Professor Sharon Sullivan, will discuss issues relating to World Heritage and the background to the Australian Convict Sites listing at the next Port Arthur Talk.

Wild weather lashes Port Arthur

16/09/2010

As Tasmania shivers through its belated winter this spring, wild weather has lashed the Port Arthur Historic Site.

August 2010

Special offer for Port Arthur visitors this September

23/08/2010

Celebrate the recent World Heritage listing of the Australian Convict Sites by getting out and about with the family to explore Australia's convict origins with this special offer from the Port Arthur Historic Site.

School Holiday Fun at Port Arthur

18/08/2010

The on-site Port Arthur Education Centre will be buzzing throughout the September school holidays with activities and fun for the family.

Port Arthur Historic Site's World Heritage Listing

06/08/2010

Both the Port Arthur Historic Site and Tasmania's convict heritage as a whole have been given a huge boost, with five sites given World Heritage status as part of the Australian Convict Sites serial inscription of eleven sites around the nation.

New Heritage Minister visits Port Arthur

03/08/2010

Tasmanian Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts David O'Byrne recently visited the Port Arthur Historic Site to discuss opportunities and challenges that will follow World Heritage listing.

World Heritage Listing for Australia's Convict Sites

02/08/2010

Eleven sites that combine to tell the epic story of Australia's convict heritage have been inscribed on the World Heritage Register.

July 2010

Solid leadership continues at Port Arthur

27/07/2010

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority's highly respected Chief Executive Officer, Mr Stephen Large, will continue in the role for another five years.

Strong Case for World Heritage Nomination

15/07/2010

Minister for Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts David O'Byrne today met with the Port Arthur Management Authority to discuss progress towards World Heritage Area nomination.

Heritage skills developed at Port Arthur

08/07/2010

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) and the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts (IPPHA), have joined forces this week to provide a unique development opportunity for heritage professionals.

June 2010

Discover archaeology in Antarctica in the next Port Arthur Talk

28/06/2010

Jody Steele was a member of an expedition that visited Antarctica in the summer of 2009-10 to conserve the huts used by explorer Douglas Mawson.

Australian Girls Choir to perform at Port Arthur

17/06/2010

The internationally-renowned Australian Girls Choir will give two performances at the Port Arthur Historic Site in early July

May 2010

Port Arthur honoured with prestigious award

28/05/2010

The Port Arthur Historic Site has been honoured with one of Australia's leading awards, for the third year in succession.

Music at Port Arthur

24/05/2010

A short lunchtime concert helped to light up some wintry weather recently at Port Arthur.

School holiday fun with meaning at Port Arthur

19/05/2010

Peg dolls, brick making and other popular activities for young people make a welcome return to the Port Arthur Historic Site these June school holidays.

Conservation Skills To Be Taught At Port Arthur

06/05/2010

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority and the Institute for Professional Practice in Heritage and the Arts, based at the Australian National University, will join forces to present two short courses in conservation at Port Arthur.

Port Arthur's post-convict history revealed through rubbish

05/05/2010

After Port Arthur closed as a prison and it moved to becoming a farming community, its name was changed to Carnarvon. Its story is being revealed by archaeological examination of its municipal rubbish dump.

April 2010

Point Puer Boys Prison tours halted for maintenance works

30/04/2010

Tours of the Point Puer Boys Prison at the Port Arthur Historic Site have been suspended until mid-May.

Isle of the Dead tours cancelled again today

29/04/2010

The Port Arthur Historic Site has cancelled tours to the Isle of the Dead for the second day in a row, due to forecast strong winds.

Tours recommence

29/04/2010

The severe weather warning which caused Isle of the Dead tours at Port Arthur to be cancelled again this morning has been lifted.

Severe weather causes tour cancellations

28/04/2010

The Port Arthur Historic Site has canceled tours to the Isle of the Dead for today due to a severe weather warning.

Sunrise weather crew visits Port Arthur

28/04/2010

The popular weather segment on the Channel 7 morning news show Sunrise was broadcast from the Port Arthur Historic Site this morning.

New website for the Port Arthur Historic Sites

15/04/2010

The new PAHSMA website is now live, offering an expanded range of resources and ways of staying in touch with events at the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites.

March 2010

Family activities at the Port Arthur Education Centre this Easter

12/03/2010

The PAHSMA Education Centre, in the Accountant's House near the Church, will be a hive of activity. From Easter Saturday to the following Sunday week, the Education Centre will host a range of engaging and fun family activities.

Port Arthur History Plays return this Easter

09/03/2010

The much-loved series of plays that graced Port Arthur over summer will return for the Easter week. The plays depict and interpret Port Arthur's history in an engaging and entertaining way, and are ideal for the whole family.

Encounter convictism's youngest transportees, in the next Port Arthur Talk

03/03/2010

Professor Lucy Frost will discuss the experience of the transported children of convicts in Van Diemans Land in the next Port Arthur Talk

February 2010

New marketing campaign for Port Arthur Historic Sites

22/02/2010

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) has launched a striking new marketing campaign under the banner 'Amazing stories, epic history'.

Activities engage families with Port Arthur

16/02/2010

This year the Summer Family Activities held at and around the Accountant's House were slightly different than past offerings, reports Port Arthur Historic Site Education Officer, Sarah Stockwin.

Donation of unusual historic items to Port Arthur

16/02/2010

The Police Historical Group, which operates a themed museum in Brisbane St Hobart, recently donated several items to the Authority.

Fascinating discoveries in Port Arthur's public archaeology program

16/02/2010

The Port Arthur Historic Site's annual summer archaeological dig has just concluded, with some exciting results.

Port Arthur Harbour Cruise Secured for Next Decade

03/02/2010

Minister Michelle O'Byrne has announced that the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority has secured its iconic harbour cruise service for the next decade.

January 2010

First-hand convict experience at this week's Port Arthur Talk

18/01/2010

Julia Clark will discuss the life and times of William Thompson, convict, at this week's Port Arthur Talk. A convict who 'did time' at both Port Arthur and the Coal Mines, Thompson is the subject of a recently-published book, edited by Clark.