Penitentiary

Danielle Bloxsom

Townsville, Australia

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As one looks down into the ruins of the old penal settletement of Port Arthur, Australia, it is impossible to be unaware of the haunted quality of the place.

The beauty of the setting contrasts uncompromisingly with the stark outlines of the penitentiary, the lunatic asylum, model prison, Isle of the dead, point Puer and it’s mass graves, the 1996 massacre memorial site….

Easily the most imposing ruin on the site, the Penitentiary began its life in 1843 as a flour mill and granary. In 1857 it was converted into a penitentiary capable of housing over 480 convicts in both dormitory-style accommodation and separate apartments. Also containing a messroom, library and Catholic chapel, the penitentiary was flanked by the Watchmens’ Quarters, as well as a range of workshops and an ablutions complex. Gutted in the 1897 fires, the building lay derelict until a concerted conservation program began in the 1960s.

If you wish to know more about the dark history of this place, then here is a great site : http://www.portarthur.org.au/

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