Some stories should never be forgotten
The final resting place for over 1,000 convicts, soldiers and free settlers
“I made the keys and can escape from the prison with them whenever I like.”
Drunken and incompetent warders were easy prey for the enterprising Henry Singleton. When they gave him access to keys, he saw his chance.
Private Robert Young's headstone reads: “His melancholy fate doth plainly prove/the frail uncertainty of human life”.
Two convicts risked their lives to save Robert from drowning. Were they his friends, or were they hoping for a reward?
"Surgeon’s report; bad. Behaviour; idle and disorderly.”
The fiery young Scottish highway-woman tested the system to its limits but, given trust and respect, she turned her life around.
The sublime songstress returns for the 2019 Festival of Voices!
Join us for a unique jazz and dining experience in the Asylum at Port Arthur featuring jazz singer, cabaret artiste and gender transcendent diva Mama Alto.
All the way from the USA, the amazing Boston children's Chorus will perform in the ruins of the historic convict church at Port Arthur on Saturday 13 July at 2pm, as part of the 2019 Festival of Voices Pop-Up Program.
This performance is included in the site entry fee for visitors
(entry to the site is free for Tasman Council residents).