A hand-crafted honour-roll commemorating men from the Port Arthur area who served during the First World War is on display in its original home at the Port Arthur Historic Site following the negotiation of a long-term loan from the Tasman Council.
The honour roll was painted on a cedar table top and decorated with an exquisitely painted emu, kangaroo and laurel leaves, by London born, peninsula resident and artist George Garnet. It was originally unveiled in February 1920 at the Carnarvon Town Hall, which was established in the former Asylum of the Port Arthur penal settlement in 1889. The honour roll moved with the council chambers to new premises at Nubeena during the 1970s.
Local educator and wood artisan Barry Jennings instigated and facilitated the loan as a response to the lack of public access in the current Tasman Council Chambers. His desire to have the Honour Roll in an open public domain was motivated out of respect for the creator of the board, George Garnet, and the memory of those it commemorates.
Heritage Programs Manager with the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA), Dr Jody Steele, said the Authority was delighted to be able to display such a significant piece of Port Arthur’s post-convict era heritage.
“While Port Arthur is primarily known for its convict history, we have worked hard in recent years to better recognise and reflect its more recent heritage, particularly its central role in the daily life of the residents of the Tasman Peninsula,” said Dr Steele.
“This item is an excellent link to the Soldier’s Memorial Avenue, which has been the subject of a major conservation project and improved interpretation for visitors.”
The Honour Roll was hung in a ceremony this morning, Remembrance Day, in the Asylum at Port Arthur.