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Port Arthur Tasmania

Port Arthur is located on the Tasman Peninsula and is the best preserved convict penal colony in Australia and the most visited place in Tasmania. More than 20 000 people a year wander through the old sandstone remains.

Isolated by a narrow strip of land called Eaglehawk neck and a magnificently rugged coastline, it made an ideal location for a penal colony. Port Arthur was home to 12 000 convicts, both men and boys between 1830 and 1877. Tales of infamy and cruel inhumanity abound with prisoners living under threat of the lash and an experimental isolation system which often drove them to madness. Although the discipline was strict, well behaved prisoners were rewarded with easier jobs many being taught trades, reading, writing and arithmetic classes were held after supper. Escape was rare and many stayed till the end of their life, then buried in mass graves on the Isle of the Dead. Today's Port Arthur is quiet and peaceful with English oaks and green lawns rolling to the water's edge. The tranquil gardens at Port Arthur are the latest project to be completed in the ongoing restoration programme of the historic site.

There are regular guided tours which leave from the information office throughout the day and take in the penitentiary, asylum, officers' headquarters, Commandment residence, medical officer's home, Smith O'Brien's Cottage and the notorious Model Prison. The Model Prison was operated on the theory that complete isolation was an effective form of rehabilitation. Prisoners were not allowed contact with each other and visitors can inspect the chapel where wooden partitions isolated each of the inmates.

A ferry trip to the Isle of the Dead is a chilling experience. As night falls guided ghost tours operate and there are screenings of the classic Australian film, For the Term of his N atural Life, shot at Port Arthur in 1926

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