The 28th April 2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the tragic events that took place at and in the immediate vicinity of the Port Arthur Historic Site twenty years ago.
To mark this significant anniversary and at the request of people closely affected by the shootings, the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre will be commemorated by the holding of a Service at the Port Arthur Historic Site on Thursday 28 April 2016. The service will commence at 12.30 pm.
Chief Executive Officer of PAHSMA Stephen Large advised “Given the impossible task of individually contacting everybody affected by the 1996 shootings one of the key aims of this media gathering is to advise that the Service would be taking place and to provide an invitation to anyone that would like to attend.”
“Anyone that was or still is touched in any way by the events at Port Arthur twenty years ago is welcome to attend.”
Working Group member Edward Gauden who will MC the event said “The Service contains some similarities with previous anniversary services however will also reflect that it is twenty years since 1996 and many positive things have happened in this time nationally, in Tasmania, within the local community, at the Port Arthur Historic Site and with many people closely associated with the tragedy.”
Tasman Mayor and Chair of the PAHSMA Community Advisory Committee, Roseanne Heyward said “This is an important anniversary and will provide those who wish to participate the opportunity to attend the Service at the Port Arthur Historic Site.”
For those people that cannot travel to Port Arthur there will also be a service at the same time at St David’s Cathedral in Hobart.
Further details on the Twentieth Anniversary Commemoration Service can be found on the PAHSMA website which will be progressively updated over the next few weeks, or by contacting Stephen Large or Carol Armstrong at PAHSMA.