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Tracing the lives of British and Australian convicts

Tracing the lives of British and Australian convicts | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it

The University of Liverpool will lead a £1.7million AHRC award to make it possible for people to trace the records of Londoners sentenced to either imprisonment or transportation from 1787 up to the 1920s when the last convict died.

The project, `The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will use digital technologies to bring together existing and new genealogical, biometric and criminal justice datasets held by different organisations in the UK and Australia to produce a searchable website.


Via David Connolly
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More and more access to information is fueling family history research and bringing many Brits downunder to see where their ancestors pitched up.

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James Miles's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:47 PM

The "wonderful" lives of the convicts, explored by the university of Liverpool, trying to make it possible to trace the records of the Londoners.

 

layne peebles's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:56 PM

the convicts lifes of the convicts was hard and harsh. they had to work all day in the blistering sun.

Erin Behn's curator insight, November 10, 2013 6:05 PM

Tracing the lives of British and Australian convicts.

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Hobart: The place for adventure, history and fun

Hobart: The place for adventure, history and fun | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Hobart: The place for adventure, history and fun - From spectacular art museums to challenging hikes, explore Hobart in Tasmania with Ara Daquinag
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Other than the very odd assertion that Port Arthur is a 're-creation of the penal colony' (no idea how or where they formed that idea), this is not a bad article from India on things to see and do in and around Hobart.

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Australian History is Port Arthur.

Australian History is Port Arthur. | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Port Arthur is not only about history. You can also enjoy surfing, sea kayaking and bush walking as well as spectacular natural beauty and rugged coastline
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We could not agree more. Some more great suggestions here about what to do in the area around Port Arthur too.

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Port Arthur heritage course attracts international interest

Port Arthur heritage course attracts international interest | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it

A small delegation of senior Chinese heritage professionals has participated in a high-level course entitled Best Practice in Managing Heritage Places, further strengthening the heritage conservation and tourism links between Port Arthur and China.

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The course, now in its fifth year, is held at Port Arthur annually in partnership with the Australian National University.  As well as examining heritage values issues, this is, we are told, one of very few such courses which offers participants insights into managing tourism, marketing and the more commercial aspects of heritage management.

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Day Two: Mount Wellington and Port Arthur Ghost Tour | Australia's ...

Day Two: Mount Wellington and Port Arthur Ghost Tour | Australia's ... | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
by Andra Vomir Rise and shine! We decided to wake up super early to catch the sunrise overlooking the Salamanca wharf, only to find out that it was.
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It is possible to do our Ghost Tour as a quick visit, but you'll be able to see so much more (including the amazing surrounding beaches, coastline and scenery) if you allow a day or two and a night or two in the area.

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Port Arthur Penitentiary glowing in soft light - from @spotenthusiast

Port Arthur Penitentiary glowing in soft light - from @spotenthusiast | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
"@spotenthusiast: The Port Arthur Historic Site. World Heritage listed. #Tasmania #Australia http://t.co/AqrjCddcdq" #travel @UNESCO
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Lovely shot, although not a recent one, as the Pen is currently bathed mostly in scaffolding. But the work is proceeding brilliantly, and the Pen should be around for generations to come.

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Hobart historian and author Alison Alexander wins National Biography Award for ‘engrossing’ work on Lady Jane Franklin

Hobart historian and author Alison Alexander wins National Biography Award for ‘engrossing’ work on Lady Jane Franklin | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
HOBART historian Alison Alexander has won this year’s $25,000 National Biography Award for her “engrossing” portrayal of Lady Jane Franklin -- a 19th century female celebrity.
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Congratulations to our very good friend and colleague, Dr Alison Alexander, who has been awarded the National Biography Award for her book on Lady Jane Franklin.

Alison is a member of the Female Convicts Research Centre and contributed to our recent publication 'A Pack of Thieves - 52 Female Factory Lives'.

Bravo, Alison!

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National Family History Month activities across Tasmania

National Family History Month activities across Tasmania | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it

ThereGot an interest in digging deeper into your family history? Find out how Port Arthur can help you how at a... http://t.co/W0MC3vKHIk

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There are some fantastic activities happening as part of National Family History Month, including a session on convict records by our own expert Susan Hood.

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Convict humanity explored in art exhibition - Newcastle Herald

Convict humanity explored in art exhibition - Newcastle Herald | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Convict humanity explored in art exhibition
Newcastle Herald
IN the early 1800s, Newcastle was a harsh penal settlement for the colony's worst convicts. And while they may have been criminals, they were human.
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This sounds interesting. We love having artists explore the convict experience in creative ways here at Port Arthur, too.

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LINC Tasmania Online - BDM registration

LINC Tasmania Online - BDM registration | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
New early Tasmanian convict records online http://t.co/ariCgy4Lo8 #genealogy #familyhistory #convicts
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Tasmania has an exceptional resource of records that are of interest to family historians and genealogists.

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The 5 Best Places to Visit in Tasmania

The 5 Best Places to Visit in Tasmania | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Tasmania is a beautiful island located to the south east of Australia. Often ignored by foreign visitors, it has many great places. Here are the best.
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There are so many wonderful places in Tasmania, but we are proud to be listed in the very top of the must-see list. 

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A winter's day at Port Arthur, Tasmania, via Instagram

jaybat66's photo on Instagram (Just posted a photo @ Port Arthur Historic Sites, Tasmania http://t.co/7E1oUoIhFu)
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A winter's day at Port Arthur, Tasmania.

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Captivating Port Arthur and other surprises Down Under - mySanAntonio.com

Captivating Port Arthur and other surprises Down Under - mySanAntonio.com | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Captivating Port Arthur and other surprises Down Under
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PORT ARTHUR, Australia — Growing up on the upper Texas coast, I learned early on that Port Arthur wasn't the only Port Arthur on the planet.
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There are a few places called 'Port Arthur' around the world, but in our humble opinion, this is the best. It is also a wonderful cruise destination.

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Port Arthur, Tasmania from the harbour cruise - from @WheresSharon

Port Arthur, Tasmania from the harbour cruise - from @WheresSharon | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Port Arthur from the cruise #tastrip http://t.co/Nne9H9EbYD
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Nice shot of Port Arthur (the Penitentiary with all its scaffolding in place) taken from on board the Harbour Cruise, which is included in all daytime entry passes at the Historic Site. Thank you, @wheressharon

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New signs and technology help visitors at Port Arthur

New signs and technology help visitors at Port Arthur | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it

New signs and technology are helping visitors find their way and connect with history at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

 

The first new feature visitors will notice as they enter the Site from the Visitor Centre is the striking 46” digital display screen that has replaced a clock face with moveable hands that displayed the next tour departure time.

 

“In addition to counting down to the next tour, the new screen offers the all-important ‘you are here’ map, information on the weather, historical stories and details on any special events or activities that may be occurring at any given time or day,” said Dr Jody Steele, Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) Manager of Heritage Programs.

 

“It gives visitors much deeper access to information. It also gets around the way that some mischievous visitors would move the hands on the old clock, causing confusion all around.”

 

The digital sign is just one part of an overhaul of the way-finding and interpretive signage across the Historic Site.

 

“Various types of signage had been installed at Port Arthur over recent decades, with at least five different interpretation signage styles, with many one-off signage elements scattered around the site at various locations giving a disjointed presentation of information,“ said Dr Steele.

 

Research also revealed that visitors were having difficulty finding their way around, particularly at some of the major pathway intersections.

 

“In designing the new signage, we have aimed to help visitors find their way while engaging them with historical and contextual information that add meaning to the Site as they move around it.”

 

Three levels of signage will, when completed, display precinct or locality signs that introduce the main features of the area and the relevant contextual themes, features and functions of buildings and other features and some of the characters of the site. Small, discreet and sometimes tucked away for the visitor to discover, these signs may be a quote picture or a phrase.

 

The changing profile of visitors is reflected in directional and basic information being presented in both English and Simplified Chinese. Future plans include provision of additional information in multiple languages via mobile technologies such as QR codes or near-field communication chips, which can be embedded on the signs and updated as technology advances without the need to replace the signage infrastructure.

 

The overall signage strategy incorporates coherent design across all three historic sites managed by PAHSMA, including the Port Arthur, Coal Mines and Cascades Female Factory Historic Sites.

 

The first stage of what has is a multi-stage project was supported by the Commonwealth Government through a Tourism Quality Projects Grants (TQUAL) to the amount of $100,000, with funds matched by PAHSMA.

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They say it's the off-season, but there's no slowing down at Port Arthur. We've been busy on a number of projects, including this fantastic new set of signage that will help visitors find their way and enrich their experience of the Port Arthur Historic Site.

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Four Must-Do’s in Port Arthur ... | Behind The Scenery

Four Must-Do’s in Port Arthur ... | Behind The Scenery | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it

Four Must-Do’s in Port Arthur

Port Arthur lives on as a reminder of Tasmania’s colonial past. The infamous UNESCO World Heritage Site’s haunted history seems to be etched across the crumbling sandstone remains. Whilst visiting the site, make sure to tick these must-do’s off your Tassie bucket list:

1. Picnic At Scorpion Rock: Take a moment to soak in the magnitude of the site and its incredible history from the lookout. The view looks out across the ruined church into the bay beyond (as seen in the middle image).

2. The Penitentiary And Surrounds: The imposing Penitentiary building constructed in 1843, housed over 480 convicts. Port Arthur became the preferred site to send the British convicts who were repeat offenders between 1833 and 1853. Many men and women were convicted of trivial crimes by today’s standards such as petty theft. 

3. Coal Mines Historic Site: Tasmanian’s first operational mine formed part of a brutal system of rigorous convict forced labour. The harsh daily life of the over 600 convicts working during the busiest years is fascinating and harrowing to hear.

4. Ghost Tour: After dark the brutal history of the area, creeps from the shadows of the ruins. The eerie atmosphere has led many to believe that the victims of the site’s convict history continue to haunt the site to this day. Take a guided tour through the ruins to learn more about the area’s dark past.

Learn more by visiting the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority’s website www.portarthur.org.au

Go Behind The Scenery http://gobehindthescenery.com.au

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by jayedevil.

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Some great suggestions from @jaydevil on making the most of your time at the Port Arthur Historic Site. Always allow more time than you think you'll need - there's so much to see and do!

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Port Arthur Historic Site - Tweet from @wayne_tas

Port Arthur Historic Site - Tweet from @wayne_tas | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Port Arthur #tasmania http://t.co/BCBNLNrC2G
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Nice pic for a winters day at Port Arthur:)

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Convict women captured

Convict women captured | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
DRINKING in public, petty theft and insolence were enough to land some unlucky women in the George Town Female Factory.
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Dr Alison Alexander has been busy lately, having just edited another book on convict women in Tasmania, which was was launched here at the Cascades Female Factory yesterday. The book focusses on women incarcerated at the George Town Female Factory north of Launceston.

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portarthurtassie's photo on Instagram (There's lots of scaffold and a very big crane around the Port Arthur Penitentiary.
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The Penitentiary Conservation Project is proceeding well, with the Pen almost entirely surrounded by scaffolding now. It is quite a sight!

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Woolmers Estate, one of Tasmania's World Heritage listed convict sites

Woolmers Estate, one of Tasmania's World Heritage listed convict sites | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
The penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land was established in 1803 with a small population of convicts, soldiers and some free settlers.  From 1788-1830s free grants of land were distributed to settlers in the colony.
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Here's a terrific post with loads of great photos and information about Woolmers Estate in Northern Tasmania. Great place to visit if you're in the Launceston area.

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Chasing the sheer cliffs of Australia’s Tasman peninsula

Chasing the sheer cliffs of Australia’s Tasman peninsula | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
They had very interesting names: Pirate’s Bay, Eaglehawk’s Neck, Devil’s Kitchen. These certainly piqued our curiosity!
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Try to allow time to explore the rest of the Tasman Peninsula when visiting Port Arthur. If you don't, you'll miss out on some stunning scenery.

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Exploring Australia's convict past at Port Arthur Historic Site - Family Travel Blog - World Travel with Kids

Exploring Australia's convict past at Port Arthur Historic Site - Family Travel Blog - World Travel with Kids | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
A review, practical information and experiences visiting Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania.
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We have heaps of fantastic, engaging and enjoyable (and educational) activities for families and young visitors - see www.portarthur.org.au for more info.

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Port Arthur's Gardens - new guide to plants

Port Arthur's Gardens - new guide to plants | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it

Exploring Port Arthur’s beautiful gardens and grounds is one of our most commented-on and valued visitor experiences. Lots of visitors have asked for more information about the plants in our gardens, and we have listened!

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You can download a copy of the guides from our website, or we have laminated copies available to borrow located at points around the garden. They are illustrated with some stunning and historic botanical illustrations.

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Female Factory lives recalled on playing cards - Cascades Female Factory

Female Factory lives recalled on playing cards - Cascades Female Factory | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
The little-known stories of Tasmania’s convict women are being recalled from the past in a new publication launched at the Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart.
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Some great stories, and some wonderful illustrations - an ideal gift, available at Port Arthur and the Cascades Female Factory, and selected bookshops and gift shops around Tasmania.

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In my Father's Footsteps at Port Arthur: Family Tree Frog

In my Father's Footsteps at Port Arthur: Family Tree Frog | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Back to Port Arthur. I loved visiting Port Arthur. I was so impressed with it as a tourist destination. I know the Opera House is hard to beat but I completely think this ranks a close 2nd in terms of places you have to see.
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This is a wonderful article about a visitor retracing her father's footsteps from when he visited Port Arthur more than 50 years ago. Some lovely observations and terrific then-and-now photographs. And  yes, the sign on the Memorial Avenue is still there, although the trees themselves are being gradually replaced.

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Port Arthur Historic Sites celebrating TripAdvisor plaudits

Port Arthur Historic Sites celebrating TripAdvisor plaudits | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA), which manages the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur, Coal Mines and Cascades Female Factory Historic Sites, is celebrating a clutch of Certificates for Excellence bestowed by the influential travel review website TripAdvisor.

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We are honoured for so many aspects of our operations to be recognised - thank you to everyone who posted reviews and voted for us. Port Arthur is are also celebrating being named among Australia’s top ten landmarks by users of TripAdvisor.

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