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 May 22

Event Details

When Port Arthur Historic Site was added to the National Heritage Register in 2005 it was recognised as having nine heritage values. But how is the Site valued by members of the Tasman community? A survey run in 2018 as part of the Community, Heritage and Tourism (CHAT) project has some interesting answers.

Anne Courtney was born in Zambia and arrived in Tasmania in 1965 as a 10-pound Pom. The Port Arthur Historic Site was one of the first places her family visited. The ruins and the surrounding landscape left a deep impression then and in subsequent holidays. In 1999 she bought a home at Port Arthur and moved to the Peninsula full time in 2009. Her interest in surveys started in the 1970s while studying psychology at the University of Tasmania.

Tuesday July 30

Michelle Berry, heritage objects conservator will give an insight into the work of a conservator.

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.