Port Arthur recognised with awards for heritage and education

November 10, 2009

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.

It was selected alongside a diverse range of other icons, including Mount Wellington and Hobart’s Theatre Royal, Tasmanian cool-climate wines, shell necklaces made by indigenous Tasmanians, the Winton Merino Stud flock No.1, Low Head Lighthouse and settlement, Longford’s New Year’s Day race meeting, Coogans blackwood furniture and Central Highlands trout fishing.

To be eligible, an icon must represent a significant aspect of Tasmanian history or have contributed significantly to Tasmania’s cultural identity. The awards were judged by a panel from nominations made by people from around the state and announced at a function on the stage of the Theatre Royal on Monday..

Port Arthur Historic Site’s popular summer public archaeology program ‘Kids’ Dig Port Arthur’ was awarded for excellence in educational programs in the Heritage and Culture section of this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful awards. The award was presented last Friday at a ceremony in Oatlands.

A young visitor gets to work with trowel and trench at Port Arthur

A young visitor gets to work with trowel and trench at Port Arthur

The Penitentiary at Port Arthur (above) and the Prisoners Barracks at the Coal Mines (below) are iconic ruins at two of the five Tasmanian sites that are included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Nomination

The Penitentiary at Port Arthur