It’s all apples at the next Port Arthur Talk

May 19, 2010

Cultural heritage specialist Anne McConnell will give an overview of the Tasmanian apple industry at the next Port Arthur Talk, being presented as part of the Tasmanian Heritage Festival.

With the loss of markets and the Tree Pull Scheme in the latter part of the 20th century, large numbers of commercial apple orchards were grubbed out and much of the infrastructure of this industry fell into disuse.

Because of the historical importance of the apple industry to Tasmania, historian, Nathalie Servant, and archaeologist, Anne McConnell were engaged in the mid-late 1990s to carry out a National Estate Grants Program study of the history and heritage of the Tasmanian apple industry for the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery.

Anne McConnell looks at the heritage findings from this study, both the apple industry heritage that was identified and the management issues associated with preserving this heritage. She also discusses the apple industry heritage of the Tasman Peninsula, one of the thirteen apple growing districts in Tasmania.

Anne McConnell is an archaeologist and has worked in cultural heritage for 30 years, including as Senior Archaeologist for Forestry Tasmania, and since as a consultant in cultural heritage management, archaeology and Quaternary geoscience.

Wednesday 26 May 2010, 5.30pm at the Junior Medical Officer’s Conference Room, Port Arthur Historic Site

There is no charge to attend and all interested people are welcome. Please RSVP if you wish to attend – call 6251 2324.