On Tuesday a delegation of senior officials from the Wicklow County Council in the Republic of Ireland visited the Port Arthur Historic Site to renew contacts, advise on developments regarding the Wicklow Prison and see what is new at Port Arthur.
They were met at the Visitor Centre by Ken Lee who escorted the group to the Separate Prison to be met by Jo Lyngcoln who gave an excellent tour through the restoration works and the public areas of the Prison, concentrating on the impact the development will have on Port Arthur interpretation and views.
After a light lunch in the Museum Cafe, and a brief search of the database in the Asylum Convict Study Centre, the group visited Smith O’Brien’s House on the way to joining Guide Jenny Piper for an all-encompassing guided tour. They ended their visit to Port Arthur with a visit to the Visitor Centre interpretation gallery before setting off for Hobart for a meeting with the Irish Ambassador who also recently visited the Historic Site.
It is hoped eventually to develop a joint project to identify convicts who both were incarcerated at Wicklow and came down to Port Arthur, and to exchange records of the transportees and information on their lives both prior to and after transportation.