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.

20 September

The early history of the Port Arthur penal station (1830-77) was filled with scientific exploration that manifested in a variety of ways that we would consider somewhat outside the accepted scientific regime. Drs Vertigan and Tuffin will discuss some of the early and lesser known scientific work undertaken at the settlement, their (sometimes questionable) methods of collection, and how the knowledge gained then continues to influence both the scientific and historical fields today.

Caitlin Vertigan has a multidisciplinary background that spans formal qualifications in ecology, zoology, botany, and Antarctic science, as well as many years working in historic cultural heritage and tourism. She is currently responsible for overseeing the complex management of the natural environment administered by the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, navigating the (not always complementary) interplay of cultural and natural values.

Richard Tuffin has worked as a Historical Archaeologist in Australia, the Pacific and the UK. Having worked for the Port Arthur Historic Site, followed by a stint as a commercial archaeologist, he is now attached to an Australian Research Council grant as a Research Fellow with the University of New England. His primary area of interest is the archaeology and history of the Australian convict system.

Port Arthur Talks leaflet – Dr Tuffin & Dr Vertigan