The Hospital

The History

Built above the prisoners’ barracks on Settlement Hill in 1841-42, the Hospital was the third constructed at Port Arthur.

The hospital included wards, a kitchen, baking room, laundry and morgue and was staffed by a doctor and a number of untrained convict orderlies. Port Arthur’s convicts laboured in heavy industries such as timber-getting, an inherently dangerous job that meant accident victims were common inmates at the hospital.

The hospital building was sold to the Catholic Church in the 1890s, and damaged by bushfires in 1895 and 1897.

Present Day

It is now a charismatic ruin sitting on the hill with beautiful views out across the settlement.


Climb to the top of Settlement Hill to visit the hospital ruin, open from 9.00am until dusk.  Access is included in your Site Entry Pass.