Port Arthur Talks
Forthcoming 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 5 February
From quarry to workshop: convict labour at varying scales by Dr Richard Tuffin
The official closing date for our Australian Research Council project Landscapes of Production and Punishment: the Tasman Peninsula 1830-1877 fast approaches. As it winds down, we are planning our next big research project – the archaeological investigation of Port Arthur’s workshops area. Both projects examine the processes and products of convict labour, asking how economic return was extracted from an unfree workforce. In this talk Dr Tuffin will share what we have learnt about the management of the convict labourer and how this shaped the landscape of the Tasman Peninsula. He will also discuss what we hope to learn about convict labour and its products from Port Arthur’s biggest archaeological excavation yet.
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.
Tuesday 20 March
Climate change impacts on heritage by Dr Caitlin Vertigan