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Historic Penitentiary, Port Arthur

Michael John

Oatley, Australia

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Port Arthur is a former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania, Australia.

It is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and the open air museum is officially Tasmania’s top tourist attraction.

Now an imposing ruin, the Penitentiary was constructed in 1843 as a flour mill and granary. In 1857 it was converted into a penitentiary, capable of housing over 480 convicts in dormitory accommodation and separate apartments.

Flanked by the Watchmen’s Quarters, the Penitentiary also contained a mess room, library, Catholic chapel, workshops and ablutions complex.

The building was gutted by fire in 1897 and lay derelict until a concerted conservation program began in the 1960s.

This site is listed on the National Heritage list.

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