Port Arthur Talks

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority presents this semi-regular series of talks by authoritative speakers on a variety of topics, ranging from history and conservation to environmental issues, research results, study tours and much more.

The talks are held every couple of months at the Port Arthur Historic Site, are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in the topic. Rich and varied subjects and speakers make for fascinating listening and discussion.

Each talk begins at 5:00pm in the building at the rear of the Junior Medical Officer’s House at Port Arthur Historic Site. Light refreshments provided.

For more information about our Port Arthur Talks, please phone +61 (0)3 6251 2324.

Wednesday August 7

Event Details

Very occasionally a historian strikes ‘archive gold’.  For Pam Sharpe this was discovering the diary/memoir of Private Robert McNally in the National Library of Ireland. Private McNally, 40th Regiment of Foot, served in Van Diemen’s Land during the mid-1820s.  Prof. Sharpe will discuss the surprise discovery of this damaged and rare anonymous journal providing an insight into Van Diemen’s Land in the years leading up to the Black War.

Pam Sharpe was the first female Professor in History at the University of Tasmania and the first woman nominated to the Australian Academy of the Humanities from Tasmania. A graduate of Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, she is an expert in British social and economic history who has expanded her interests to Van Diemen’s Land.

Wednesday September 18

Anne McVilly, Director of Tourism Operations at Port Arthur Historic Site and Management Committee member of the Australian Cruise Association will speak about the cruise ship sector and how it has impacted on Port Arthur and the region.

Wednesday November 20

Designer and heritage tradesman, Michael Bremer-Trainor, FRSA, will be speaking on woodgraining, stencilling and tromp l’oeil, and the use of colour and the types of paints in use in the 19th century.