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Conversations with a Guide: Piracy on the Brig Cyprus

29 Sept

The stories of Port Arthur are rich, detailed and personal and offer thought-provoking and fascinating insights.  Our expert guides have delved into a variety of them and wish to welcome you to a series of free talks this Spring.

Topics will change weekly and will be held on Wednesday nights from 4-5.00pm in the 1830 Restaurant & Bar.

Piracy on the Brig Cyprus

Join Port Arthur Guide Josh as he shares an intriguing tale of a group of convicts, led by the self-styled ‘Captain William Swallow’ who boldly escape from Van Diemen’s land and pirate a ship to Japan, which at the time had closed its doors to foreign ships in an effort to resist colonisation. This incredible tale of Australian pirates in Japan had been sitting for many years, unrecognised in a Japanese archive.

This is a FREE talk.  No site entry tickets required.  In order for us to stay COVID safe, seating is limited and we ask that you please reserve your tickets by phoning 1800 659 101 or by email

Don’t forget – 1830 Restaurant & Bar will be open with a special Parmie menu after this event.  Please let us know if you would like to stay for dinner.