Port Arthur anniversary celebrations a raging success

October 10, 2007

10/10/2007

Around eighty people joined in the festivities at the recent anniversary celebrations at Port Arthur.

Guests enjoyed a fascinating afternoon of discussion of the Site’s history as well as insights into its future direction, with speakers including PAHSMA Deputy Chair, Professor Sharon Sullivan, former Port Arthur staff member Peter MacFie, CEO Stephen Large, long-time staff member Maria Stacey and Conservation Director Dr Jane Harrington.

After a twilight harbour cruise, provided courtesy of Navigators, guests returned for a celebration dinner at the Asylum Hall. Minister Wriedt spoke to guests about the key role that the Port Arthur Historic Site has and continues to play in the region and the State, and PAHSMA Chair Dr Barry Jones shared his insights into why it is important to conserve important heritage sites such as Port Arthur.

The following day, some weary guests joined PAHSMA Archaeology Manager Greg Jackman for a workshop and review of thirty years of archaeological study at the Site.

Later in the day, around forty guests enjoyed a picnic lunch and guided tour of the fascinating Coal Mines Historic Site.

Michael Roche and Anthony Castray from Navigators welcome guests aboard the MV Marana

Michael Roche and Anthony Castray from Navigators welcome guests aboard the MV Marana

CEO Stephen Large and Minister Wriedt at the dinner

CEO Stephen Large and Minister Wriedt at the dinner

Dr Barry Jones and Lyn Thorpe MLC

Dr Barry Jones and Lyn Thorpe MLC

Maria Stacey addresses the anniversary symposium

Maria Stacey addresses the anniversary symposium

Neil Cameron, Barry Jones and Sharon Sullivan

Neil Cameron, Barry Jones and Sharon Sullivan