Port Arthur Talks

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority presents this semi-regular series of talks by authoritative speakers on a variety of topics, ranging from history and conservation to environmental issues, research results, study tours and much more.

The talks are held every couple of months at the Port Arthur Historic Site, are free of charge and open to anyone who is interested in the topic. Rich and varied subjects and speakers make for fascinating listening and discussion.

For more information about our Port Arthur Talks, please phone +61 (0)3 6251 2324.

 

Forthcoming Port Arthur Talks

Thursday 10 September, 2015

Memories of the Tasman Peninsula

presented by the Waugh sisters: Christine Dobner, Felicity Langley, Kate Sainsbury, and Alison Shoobridge

The peninsula south-east of Hobart has many rich stories associated with those who have lived here.  Four sisters, all born before 1940, will reminisce about their childhood on the Tasman Peninsula.

Daughters of Eric and Kath Waugh, the Waugh sisters are grandchildren of George Clarke who settled on the Tasman Peninsula shortly after land was opened up to private ownership in the late 19th century.  They are also regular attendees of the Port Arthur Talks program.

Thursday 10 September, 2015 at 5.30 p.m. at the Junior Medical Officer’s House conference room (rear of the house), Port Arthur Historic Site

See below for printable notice.

For more information call 6251 2324.


Wednesday 14 October, 2015

Bushfire on the Tasman Peninsula: past and present

presented by Peter Middleton, Tasmania Fire Service

In recent years, parts of the Tasman Peninsula have known bushfires all too well. With the January 2013 bushfires destroying over 200 homes and properties and covering an area over 20,000ha’s, this reminded us of the uncontrollable nature of bushfires that burn out of control. But the Tasman Peninsula has seen many devastating fires both natural and human caused over the years, including two of historical significance at Port Arthur in 1895 and 1897.

Come along to this interesting talk to hear about how bushfires have impacted and shaped the Tasman Peninsula as well as hear about the predicted bushfire season for 2015/16. This talk will also allow for discussion, questions and an opportunity for community members to contribute to the work of the Tasmania Fire Service Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods program.

Peter Middleton is the Community Development Coordinator at Tasmania Fire Service.  His role develops community capacity to prevent, prepare for and respond to bushfires and fires in the home.  Peter coordinates the Bushfire Ready Neighbourhoods program (National Resilient Australia Award winner 2014) which aims to increase shared responsibility and has a vision that ‘we all play a part – individuals, fire agencies and communities’.  He has hands on firefighting experience as a Volunteer and Remote Area Firefighter in Australia for 15 years, including being on the front line at the height of the January 2013 bushfire on the Tasman Peninsula.

Wednesday 14 October, 2015 at 5.30 p.m. at the Junior Medical Officer’s House conference room (rear of the house), Port Arthur Historic Site

See below for printable notice.

For more information call 6251 2324.


Wednesday 25 November, 2015

Fear and the historical past: emotion, temporality and the Ghost Tours of Port Arthur

presented by Dr Alicia Marchant

A complex place imbued with emotions and a multi-layering of grim history, Port Arthur has long been considered an important tourist destination, particularly for those seeking the ‘dark’.  Ghost tours are becoming increasingly more popular.  In this paper Dr Marchant will focus on the emotion of fear and what fear does with regards to animating the historical subjects, and creating affective connections to the past for ghost tour participants.  In particular, what fear does with regards to the ways in which convict bodies of the past are imagined as physical and emotional beings.

Alicia Marchant completed her PhD in History at the University of Western Australia in 2012.  A medieval and early modern historian, Alicia is interested in the history of emotions, concepts of heritage, materiality and dark tourism.

Wednesday 25 November, 2015 at 5.30 p.m. at the Junior Medical Officer’s House conference room (rear of the house), Port Arthur Historic Site

See below for printable notice.

For more information call 6251 2324.


 

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