Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur prison colony is one of Australia’s most impressive physical reminders of its convict past.  Set on the scenic Tasman peninsula, it must have been the site of great convict hardship and suffering during the 19th century.

The eeriness and emotional power of the site is further heightened by the tragic events of April 1996, when a lone gunman committed the worst single-shooter mass killing in Australian history there.





Where the cafe once stood and where a dozen people lost their lives in 1996, is now a simple memorial garden.  It felt like the eeriest place on the entire site.




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