Port Arthur and Its Convicts

The grim convict days of Port Arthur, Tasmania, now the well-preserved Port Arthur Historic Site.
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Port Arthur guards, 1866. From the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Tasmania, and used on the Companion to Tasmanian History: http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/P/Port%20Arthur.htm

Port Arthur guards, From the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Tasmania

Two pairs of manacles, possibly from Port Arthur. From the collections of the Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=449230

Two pairs of convict manacles, said to have come from Port Arthur, Tasmania…

Lithographed poster advertising the sale of escaped convict Martin Cash's autobiography, The Adventures of Martin Cash, edited and also probably written by James Lester Burke. The poster was printed by J. Walch & Sons: Walch Bros. & Birchall. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales: http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=448998

Poster advertising the autobiography of convict and bushranger, Martin Cash.

Visit the official website of Port Arthur Historic Sites: http://www.portarthur.org.au/

World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site is the best preserved convict site in Australia, and among the most significant convict era sites worldwide.

A collection of 82 photographs of Port Arthur convicts, taken in 1874. From the collections of the National Library of Australia: http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.pic-an11590418&fullrecord=yes

Digital Collections - Pictures - James Calhoun, native, taken at Port Arthur, 1874 [picture]

Reward! : Fifty sovereigns, and a conditional pardon. Whereas the three convicts (runaways from Port Arthur) Martin Cash, George Jones, and Lawrence Kavenagh ... 19th January, 1843. From the collections of the Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b1709253

Reward! : Fifty sovereigns, and a conditional pardon. Whereas the three convicts (runaways from Port Arthur) Martin Cash, George Jones, and Lawrence Kavenagh ... 19th January, 1843. From the collections of the Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b1709253

Port Arthur, Tasmania, 1843. Unknown artist. Lithographic print, hand coloured with wash. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales: http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=826089

Port Arthur, Tasmania, 1843. Unknown artist. Lithographic print, hand coloured with wash. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales: http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=826089

Port Arthur, 1833. Painting by unknown artist. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales: http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=455940

Port Arthur, 1833. Painting by unknown artist. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales: http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=455940

Henry Laing, 'Plan/Drawing No.139 - New Church - front elevation - now building at Port Arthur', circa 1836. Archives Office of Tasmania: http://catalogue.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/item/?q=church&series=Tasman's+Peninsula+-+Architectural+Drawings+of+Buildings+at+Penal+Settlements+on+Tasman's+Peninsula.+1836+(CON87)&i=2&id=CON87-1-43

Henry Laing, 'Plan/Drawing No.139 - New Church - front elevation - now building at Port Arthur', circa 1836. Archives Office of Tasmania: http://catalogue.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/item/?q=church&series=Tasman's+Peninsula+-+Architectural+Drawings+of+Buildings+at+Penal+Settlements+on+Tasman's+Peninsula.+1836+(CON87)&i=2&id=CON87-1-43

Postcard entitled 'Original Convict Church Port Arthur', printed between 1914 and 1941. From the Dreier Postcard Collection at the State Library of Victoria: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictoria/gid/slv-pic-aab47817

Original Convict Church Port Arthur [picture] , State Library of Victoria

The Penitentiary, Port Arthur, February 2011. From Chilby Photography.

The Penitentiary, Port Arthur, February From Chilby Photography.

Port Arthur Church ruin, 1923. Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts: http://catalogue.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/item/?q=%22port+arthur%22+church&avail=Online&i=2&id=692669

Port Arthur Church ruin, 1923. Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts: http://catalogue.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/item/?q=%22port+arthur%22+church&avail=Online&i=2&id=692669

Ruins of the church at the Port Arthur Historic Site, 5 January 2014. Photograph by Andy Carr.

Ruins of the church at the Port Arthur Historic Site, 5 January Photograph by Andy Carr.

Beattie Studios, Port Arthur during convict occupation, A.D. 1859. From the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Tasmania: http://archive.is/N4Jfk

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C. Price, Chart of Forestiers and Tasmans Peninsulas V.D.L., 4 May 1842. From the collections of the Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b3011426

C. Price, Chart of Forestiers and Tasmans Peninsulas V.D.L., 4 May 1842. From the collections of the Dixson Library, State Library of New South Wales: http://library.sl.nsw.gov.au/record=b3011426

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