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Barred windows at the Port Arthur convict Penitentiary

The windows of the iconic Penitentiary at the world-heritate listed Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania.

The Australian Convict Sites

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is proud that the Port Arthur, Coal Mines and Cascades Female Factory Historic Sites are among eleven historic places that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property.

The Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2010. This page has links to all sites, and you can download a guidebook to the five Tasmanian World Heritage Convict Sites.

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The Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property 

Consisting of eleven sites spread throughout Australia in Tasmania, New South Wales, Western Australia and on Norfolk Island, the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property tells the epic story of Australia’s convict heritage.

Each site in the Property represents a different aspect of the convict system and are the most significant examples in Australia’s history of forced migration. Almost half of the Sites in the inscription are in  Tasmania.

For technical reasons, Woolmers and Brickendon Estates are included as a single site but in reality they are two separate properties, which although adjacent, each offer their own unique visitor experience.

 

Australian Convict Sites, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2010

 

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