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Reflection – 25th Anniversary

28 April

Arrangements are now being finalised for the 25th Anniversary Commemoration Service to be held at Port Arthur Historic Site on Wednesday 28 April 2021.  The service will be conducted in the Memorial Garden which was officially opened on the 4th Anniversary of the Massacre in 2000.  The designer of the garden was Torquil Canning.  We are honoured to have Torquil as a key speaker on this significant anniversary.  Torquil will provide us with his reflections of the vision he had for the garden and his thoughts about how the garden has now evolved to represent that vision of more than 20 years ago.

The Hon Michael Field AC, will deliver the Words of Welcome.  As well as being PAHSMA’s Deputy Chair, Michael held a key role in the Tasmanian Government in 1996.  Local community members, Cait Vertigan and Ali Hart, will deliver a song they penned for the 20th Anniversary.  We are also especially grateful and privileged to have members of the TSO Chorus present on the day.  Dr Philip Thomson was a highly regarded medical practitioner in the Tasman community for many years and he will lead some prayers.   The beautiful poem written by the late Dr Margaret Scott ‘Garden of Peace’ will be read by Julia Palmer who was a young girl in 1996 and later worked at the Historic Site for a number of years.

Wreaths will be laid at the Cross so if you would like to bring flowers, you are welcome to do so.  The Service will commence at 1 pm and conclude by 1.45 pm.

We invite anyone who would like to attend the Service to do so.  To comply with COVID-safe guidelines, it is essential that you RSVP to reservations@portarthur.org.au or 1800 659 101.

A video recording of the service will be made available to anyone who was unable to attend the event.