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Journeys : August September 2009
In Tasmania today Port Arthur’s convict coal mines Ruins at the Coal Mines Historic Site T he Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) now manages not one but two significant historic sites. The Coal Mines Historic Site is situated a 25 minute drive from Port Arthur on the north-western tip of the Tasman Peninsula near Saltwater River. It was Tasmania’s first operational mine. Developed to limit the colony’s dependence upon costly imported coal from New South Wales and as a place of punishment for the ‘worst class’ of convicts from Port Arthur, the mine was worked for over 40 years from 1834. Today, the Coal Mines offers visitors the chance to discover a different perspective on Tasmania’s convict history among the uncrowded ruins and scenic vistas. It is a great place to explore on foot, with a number of tracks and paths around the extensive site. There are signs and displays to guide you around and inform you about its history. The entrance to the site tells the story of the mines Exploring the Coal Mines is a fascinating adjunct to any visit to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Entry to the Coal Mines Historic Site is free, and a map and visitor guide is available from the Visitor Centre at Port Arthur. Visit www.portarthur.org.au for more information on our itineraries, experience passes and other useful hints to help you get the most from your visit to Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula region. EXPLORE thePort Arthur Historic Site The Port Arthur Historic Site is not just a tourist attraction. It is an essential part of our heritage. So come and discover some of the history that has shaped Australia. This is the authentic convict history experience and it’s here for you to explore. Visit our website or give us a call for full details of our entry and activity packages – and allow yourself time to fully explore our heritage treasure. Port Arthur Historic Site Port Arthur, Tasmania www.portarthur.org.au Phone 1800 659 101 email@example.com August / September 09 43 Mark Merton, Airview image: Joe Shemesh Andrew Ross
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