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December 2013

Port Arthur Historic Site is open Christmas Day


Looking for something different for Christmas lunch this year? Why not pack up a picnic of Tassie's finest produce and enjoy the outstanding scenic beauty of Port Arthur Historic Site's gardens? The site will be open from 10am - 3pm on December 25.

Port Arthur Penitentiary photo contest


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is inviting visitors, and others, to offer up their best photo of the Penitentiary to be shared with visitors who come while the works are in progress.

Fun for families at Port Arthur this summer


Nobody needs to miss out on a Ghost Tour at Port Arthur this summer just because the children should be in bed or are afraid of the dark. Special PG-rated family-friendly ghost tours will be offered early each evening, finishing before nightfall.

Podcast to help visitors get the best from Port Arthur


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority is using 21st century technology to help visitors plan and get the most from their visit to the World Heritage listed convict site.

PAHSMA rises to the challenges


The 2012-13 financial year was one of achievements and unforseen challenges for the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) in its stewardship of three of Tasmania's most significant, World Heritage-listed convict sites.

November 2013

Port Arthur sites proud to be Rainbow Accredited


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is proud to have received Rainbow Tasmania Tourism Accreditation from the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program.

Volunteers to help conserve Coal Mines Historic Site


Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Port Arthur Historic Sites Management Authority (PAHSMA) are partnering with the community and volunteers to help conserve the Coal Mines Historic Site at Saltwater River.

Port Arthur honoured at Tourism Awards


The Port Arthur Historic Site is celebrating major wins at the 2013 Tasmanian Tourism Awards, announced in Hobart on November 8.

October 2013

Bushfire-inspired art and photography on show at Port Arthur


On January 4th, 2013, bushfire raged through the communities of Forcett, Dunalley and the Forestier and Tasman Peninsulas, devouring almost everything in its path.

Expressions of interest sought for Penitentiary Project


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is seeking formal expressions of interest (EOIs) from construction companies interested in undertaking a major program of conservation works at the emblematic Penitentiary at Port Arthur.

Cruise season sails into Port Arthur


The 2013-14 Southern Tasmanian cruise season began this morning when Sea Princess moored just offshore from the Port Arthur Historic Site, carrying 1,900 passengers and 900 crew on a cruise around Tasmania.

New findings in convict backgrounds discussed in next Port Arthur Talk


The latest in the series of the Port Arthur talk program looks at new research findings into the economic and social backgrounds of transported convicts.

Read all the latest news from the Port Arthur Historic Sites


Read all the latest news from the Port Arthur Historic Sites in the new edition of the Ticket of Leave e-news, out now.

September 2013

China UnionPay now accepted at Port Arthur Historic Sites


The Port Arthur Historic Sites are now able to accept payment via China UnionPay at our sales points, including Ticketing, Gift Shop, Cafes and Bistro, and at the Cascades Female Factory.

Long-term collaboration at Female Factory recognised


The long-standing collaboration between the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and Dr Christina Henri's Roses from the Heart project has been recognised with the Creative Partnerships SME Award, presented recently at Government House in Hobart.

August 2013

Convict prostitutes topic of next Port Arthur Talk


Since historians first began to mine the records of the 160,000 men, women and children who were transported to the Australian colonies, the mention of prostitution has titillated researchers and the general public.

New interpretative experience launched at Female Factory


Around 100 people have braved the famously chilly winds that rushed down the Hobart Rivulet from Mount Wellington to celebrate some of the less well-known history of Tasmania's convict past which has been made more accessible to visitors.

Seal hunting in Antarctica topic of next Port Arthur Talk


Dr Michael Pearson AO will discuss the history of seal hunting in the Antarctic, at Port Arthur on Thursday 8 August.

July 2013

New education tour at the Port Arthur Historic Site


A new tour designed specifically for students has been introduced at the Port Arthur Historic Site, in line with the recently introduced Australian History Curriculum.

New website for Cascades Female Factory


One of Tasmania's most significant colonial-era historic sites is embracing the latest web technology to reach out to potential visitors.

New members sought for Cascades Female Factory Community Advisory Committee


South Hobart community members are being invited to join an advisory committee that will offer advice and feedback on the management and conservation of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory Historic Site.

Tassie Trip Advisor Winners for 2013


The Port Arthur Historic Site has been named among Australia's top ten attractions by global travel website TripAdvisor.

June 2013

Discover Port Arthur's 'Hidden Stories' with the new Kid's Activity Book


From Saturday 29 June the new activity book 'Hidden Stories' will be available for young visitors to Port Arthur...just in time to complement the terrific school holiday activities on offer.

Memorial Avenue rejuvenation at Port Arthur


Earlier this month, a small ceremony was held at the Port Arthur Historic Site to plant the last four macrocarpa trees that complete the first stage of a ten-year renewal plan for the Soldiers Memorial Avenue.

Port Arthur Historic Site delighted to 'rate' with Trip Advisor reviewers


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority is delighted to have received Certificates of Excellence for both the Port Arthur Historic Site and Felons Bistro for 2013.

April 2013

Heritage in the Pub features Port Arthur Penitentiary excavations


Heritage Tasmania and the Tasmanian Heritage Council are hosting a Heritage in the Pub discussion in Hobart to help celebrate National Archaeology Week in May. The event will include a discussion of the recent excavation at Port Arthur's Penitentiary.

Female Factory stories to be performed in Dublin


The stories of Australia's women convicts will be told in Ireland by artists with close ties to the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in Hobart.

Port Arthur's penitentiary still yielding secrets


Archaeologists have been excavating in the foundations of Port Arthur's penitentiary in preparation for major conservation works.

Hearts of iron? Lawyers in Van Diemen's Land, 1824-1836


A free talk 'Hearts of Iron? Lawyers in Van Diemen's Land, 1824-1836', will be held this Thursday evening as part of the Port Arthur Talks series.

Forecast fine weather for Port Arthur Tattoo


The weather forecast for Saturday's Port Arthur Tattoo is fine and mostly sunny with light winds and a maximum of 21 degrees Celsius - ideal conditions to enjoy the massed pipe and military bands of Tasmania performing at Port Arthur.

March 2013

Jetty upgrade to improve cruise ship access at Port Arthur


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) has been successful in securing a $135,000 federal Tourism Infrastructure Regional Fund (TIRF) grant for a project that will significantly enhance the visitor experience for cruise passengers.

Port Arthur seeking new members for Advisory Committee


The PAHSMA Board is calling for nominations from interested individuals or representatives of groups who wish to contribute to the management and conservation of the Port Arthur and Coal Mines Historic Sites.

Timber salvaging from Port Arthur's Memorial Avenue


The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority would like to hear from community members interested in reusing timber from trees about to be harvested as part of the progressive replacement of the Port Arthur Soldiers Memorial Avenue.

Port Arthur Tattoo set to drum up a good time on the Tasman Peninsula


Set against the backdrop of the dramatically distinctive Port Arthur Historic Site penitentiary building, the tattoos and pageantry of bygone years will be repeated at the Port Arthur Historic Site following the Easter break.

Archaeology in action at Port Arthur Penitentiary


During the last two years, the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority has commenced a large scale conservation project which focuses on the iconic Penitentiary ruin.

A season of special events at Port Arthur


Circus skills, stone masonry and bagpipes all feature in a season of events this autumn at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

February 2013

Fast, furious Ten Days festival fun at Port Arthur


All the fun of the circus is coming to Port Arthur for one day only as part of Ten Days on the Island festival in March 2013.

New Chair for PAHSMA Board


The Acting Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Scott Bacon, today welcomed Professor Sharon Sullivan AO as the new Chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA).

January 2013

Don't miss the Port Arthur Maritime Heritage Tour


Join us for an exclusive tour exploring Port Arthur's maritime history and the dockyard, with rare access to buildings and artifacts that are not usually open to the public.

Port Arthur is open for business


The Port Arthur Historic Site is open for business and operating at full capacity again following the bushfire emergency that closed the Arthur Highway, the only road access to the Tasman Peninsula, for nearly ten days in early January.

Point Puer Boys' Reformatory topic of next Port Arthur Talk


Point Puer, located on a finger of land jutting out across the bay from Port Arthur, was the first prison anywhere in the British Empire where child prisoners were kept separate from adult prisoners. Here they were given basic education and taught trades.