Port Arthur Tasmania
Established in 1830 the Port Arthur penal station developed to house over 2000 convicts, soldiers and civil staff a decade later. It was closed in 1877, lots were sold off, buildings demolished for their materials and the site was ravished by major bush fires in the 1890s. The fascination of the convict past remained and establishment as a tourist destination started the day the site closed.
© Rodney Garnett