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Port Arthur Tasmania

1/ Port Arthur is a famous, convict settlement in south east Tasmania. Port Arthur has 30 historic buildings to explore. The white house to the left is the Commandant's House, while the large building to the right is the Penitentiary.

Port Arthur Tasmania

2/ This shows the Guard Tower of Port Arthur framed through the ruins of the Commandant's Office. Note the great skill shown in the masonry.

Port Arthur Tasmania

3/The Guard Tower demonstrates icon masonry. This makes it look much older than it actually is.

Port Arthur Tasmania

4/ The arches and pillars of the Guard Tower show their professionalism in this well balanced shot.

Port Arthur Tasmania

5/ The path to the Commandant's House. It had a brilliant view of the harbour of Port Arthur. From the verandah the governor would sip tea and ponder how to reform his prisoners.

Port Arthur Tasmania

6/ Many of the old buildings of Port Arthur have lost too much to be repaired.

Port Arthur Tasmania

7/ St David's is seen beyond the lawn This lawn once housed other lost buildings of Port Arthur.

Port Arthur Tasmania

8/ St David's Church is now surrounded by lovely gardens. It was destroyed in the fire after the closure of Port Arthur in 1897. This destroyed most of the original settlement.

Port Arthur Tasmania

9/ This shows the view into the ruin of St David's framed through a small window.

Port Arthur Tasmania

10/ This shows another well framed view of St David's.

Port Arthur Tasmania

11/ This shows a long view of the Penitentiary of Port Arthur. It was a very large, four storey structure.

Port Arthur Tasmania

12/ The Penitentiary was the largest building in Port Arthur. Unfortunately, it has suffered massive damage, but it is in the process of further restoration.

Port Arthur Tasmania

13/ The view into the Penitentiary shows the damage. A walkway has been inserted to help protect it.

Port Arthur Tasmania

14/ This shows the rear of the Penitentiary. Note how much is missing from this view.

Port Arthur Tasmania

15/ This shows the stairway into the Separate Prison of Port Arthur. It has been very well restored and shows great symmetry. Unfortunately, it leads to a terrible place.

Port Arthur Tasmania

16/ This shows another view of the stairway into the Separate Prison. Behind it you can see the barred cells that are a symbol of suffering.

Port Arthur Tasmania

18/ An office in the separate prison. Note the fire place, which represented considerable comfort.

Port Arthur Tasmania

19/ Cells in the Separate Prison of Port Arthur. Note the bland, soulless symmetry of the block. The lights on the ceiling are a modern addition to the otherwise dark corridor.

Port Arthur Tasmania

20/ An iconic view of the confinements of the cruel, penal system that once ruled Port Arthur.

Port Arthur Tasmania

21/ The view of the harbour of Port Arthur from this prison window is lovely. It added to the effect of the punishment.

Port Arthur Tasmania

22/ Port Arthur is an unusual contradiction. It is a beautiful place with a horrendous past.

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