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December 2009

Family games and activities at Port Arthur this summer


The Port Arthur Historic Site will present a range of different games and other activities will be held over summer at the Accountant's House, daily from 26 December 2009 to 24 January 2010.

Cruise season off to a great start at Port Arthur


The summer cruise season has started well at Port Arthur, with two visits already completed.

Port Arthur the place for budding history buffs this summer


The Port Arthur Historic Site is the place to be this summer, for anyone who's ever dreamed of grabbing a trowel to help uncover lost history.

November 2009

Coal Mines Historic Site Master Plan


Visitors to the Coal Mines Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula will be given the opportunity to participate in a visitor survey this summer.

Port Arthur recognised with awards for heritage and education


The Port Arthur Historic Site has been named one of Tasmania's top ten heritage icons by the National Trust in this year's Tasmanian Heritage Icons awards.

Recently-arrived migrants offered insight into Port Arthur's history


On Sunday 8 November, 223 migrants, refugees, humanitarian entrants and International students from the University of Tasmania were provided with the opportunity to visit the Port Arthur Historic Site as part of Tasmania Day celebrations.

October 2009

Outstanding annual result for Port Arthur Historic Sites


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority has recorded an extraordinarily productive and successful 2008-09 financial year.

Port Arthur's heritage tourism management gains international exposure


The way in which the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority successfully combines tourism and heritage management was highlighted recently at an international workshop in China.

August 2009

Ghost Hunters visit Port Arthur


The team from US cable TV series Ghost Hunters International recently spent a week at the Port Arthur Historic Site, doing what they do best - hunting ghosts.

Exposing the human stories of Port Arthur and the convict system


Tasmania's convict past has been given a new and very human face following the publication of a rare first-hand account of life in the colonial penal system.

Another record year for Port Arthur Historic Site - despite the rain!


The Port Arthur Historic Site has enjoyed record-breaking visitation for the second year in succession.

Port Arthur expertise assists World Heritage projects


Sharing expertise and resources across the Tasmanian heritage sector has been hailed as a new step forward in protecting and promoting the State's historical assets.

July 2009

Twenty years of chills and thrills at the Port Arthur Historic Site


Ghost Tours at the Port Arthur Historic Site have become one of Tasmania's most enduring tourism experiences. Black-cloaked guides have been leading visitors around the Port Arthur Historic Site by lamplight almost every night for 20 years this September.

Identity update for Port Arthur Historic Sites


Recognising its expanding role in heritage management and the recent nomination for World Heritage listing, PAHSMA has refined its already well-established corporate identity.

June 2009

Separate Prison project recognised with award for heritage architecture


Stage 1 of the conservation and reconstruction of Port Arthur Separate Prison has been recognised at the 2009 Tasmanian Architecture Awards.

Tasmanian Schools to be Offered Key to Port Arthur


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority has developed a partnership with the state's Education Department that will result in a copy of the innovative high-tech Key to Port Arthur Investigations education tool distributed to every secondary...

New way to explore the Coal Mines Historic Site


This winter there is a new way to explore the fascinating Coal Mines Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula.

May 2009

Port Arthur Historic Site named in Gourmet Traveller Awards


For the second successive year, the Port Arthur Historic Site has been named Australia's Best Heritage Tourism experience in the prestigious Gourmet Traveller magazine travel awards, which were announced in Sydney last night.

Funding for next stage of Separate Prison works


The Port Arthur Historic Site has been granted almost $900,000 of Commonwealth funds to undertake the next stage of conservation and interpretation works at the Separate Prison.

PAHSMA Deputy Chair appointed to Australian Heritage Council


Deputy chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, Professor Sharon Sullivan AO, has been appointed to Australia's peak heritage body, the Australian Heritage Council.

Celebrate the Tasmanian Heritage Festival at Port Arthur


The Tasmanian Heritage Festival will be marked at the Port Arthur Historic Site on Sunday 17 May with two very special one-off tours led by expert guides exploring diverse aspects of water at the Site.

April 2009

Port Arthur Emergency Management Plan draws international attention


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority's Emergency Management Plan (EMP), which was developed largely as a consequence of the 1996 shootings, was highlighted as a model for such plans at an international conference last week.

March 2009

Traditional trades being kept alive at Port Arthur


It's not a forgotten art, but cutting wooden shingles just doesn't rate among the must-have skills required of contemporary builders.

A day of music at Port Arthur


Anticipation ran high on Sunday ahead of the biggest musical event at Port Arthur in several years. Early in the day, it was not looking promising. Rain clouds darkened the sky and sea mists rolled in from the Tasman.

Enjoy music in the great outdoors at Port Arthur


The Port Arthur Historic Site will become an outdoor music venue for the day on Sunday 29 March, when Manhattan-based string quartet ETHEL perform with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra as part of Ten Days on the Island.

February 2009

Port Arthur presented to the World in Mexico City


Tasmania, and specifically the Port Arthur Historic Site, has once again received international attention, at a seminar on Building Destination Attractiveness through Cultural Tourism in Mexico City last month.

Port Arthur best in national heritage tourism


The Port Arthur Historic Site has been recognised as Australia's top cultural heritage tourism destination in The Australian Travel and Tourism Awards.

AFL Premiers visit Historic Site


Port Arthur Historic Site welcomed recent AFL Premiership team, the Hawks, today. The team is in Tasmania hosting a series of community-based events ahead of the upcoming AFL season.

January 2009

Treasure in the trenches for amateur archaeologists


Excavations at the Port Arthur Historic Site (PAHS) are revealing an intriguing insight into the dietary habits of residents of the former penal colony.