Historic House, Sarah Island, Tasmania by Michael John

Historic House, Sarah Island, Tasmania by 

The remains of the stone penitentiary building on Sarah Island at the Macquarie Harbour Penal Station.

The Macquarie Harbour Penal Station was a notorious British penal settlement established on Sarah Island in the southern portion of Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, Australia.

It was built in 1822 to house mainly male convicts. The penal colony was closed in 1833. Even though it only operated for 11 years, it achieved a reputation as one of the harshest penal settlements in the Australian colonies.

The ruins of the settlement remain today as the Sarah Island Historic Site—part of the larger Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Mamiya ZM film camera, as is.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 4 years ago

    Excellent POV-nice work mate.

  • Thanks for that Wazza, and for the fave.

    – Michael John

  • Donna Keevers Driver
    Donna Keevers ...about 4 years ago

    ‘…it achieved a reputation as one of the harshest penal settlements in the Australian colonies.’ That makes my heart ache… I was thinking ‘If only these bricks could speak’ but not sure my heart could take it. But great information as usual, Michael. I love how you do that. :)

    This photo leaves me with a lot of emotions and thoughts. :) Although there’s a ‘harshness’ that comes with this one, I do like it when a photo moves me one way or another – especially when it either has a story attached or can tall one. Good one, Michael! :D

    And like Warren said; Nice work, mate. :)


  • Yes, it does make you think. it must have been tough for those living in remote places back then. Thanks heaps for the comment Donna, and for that fave.

    – Michael John

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture Michael, love these old ruins!

  • They have a real character. Thanks for the fave!

    – Michael John

  • Louise Linossi Telfer
    Louise Linossi...about 4 years ago

    Great view , sad history

  • That’s right. Thanks Louise.

    – Michael John

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 4 years ago

    really beautiful capture here Michael .. so well done!!

  • Thanks for the great comment Gail.

    – Michael John

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 4 years ago

    awesome history and capture Michael

  • It is an interesting area to explore. Thanks for commenting Kathy.

    – Michael John

  • RainbowWomanTas
    RainbowWomanTasabout 4 years ago

    Great shot

  • Thanks Caz.

    – Michael John

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks.

    – Michael John

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work and history, Michael!

  • Thanks for the great comment David.

    – Michael John

  • Paul Moore
    Paul Mooreabout 4 years ago

    Interesting piece Michael, I have always wanted to visit here

  • Thanks Paul. There is a lot of history there.

    – Michael John

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