Port Arthur is an infamous former penal colony located on the southern tip of the Tasman Peninsula in the state of Tasmania, Australia. It was an active prison for over forty years until 1877, and the remaining ruins are now a World Heritage site and a popular tourist attraction in Tasmania. The site consists of the ruins of various brick buildings and cottages with the Penitentiary and the Church perhaps being the most impressive structures still standing. There are no walls surrounding the site because the remoteness of the Tasman Peninsula was considered to be secure enough; surrounded by water and attached to the mainland by a narrow strip at Eaglehawk Neck. While the penal colony was active, Eaglehawk Neck was patrolled by guards and what was known as the "dog line". Port Arthur has an almost eerie beauty to it that feels like a thin veneer over it's fairly grim history. It is home to many a ghost story and the late night "Ghost Tour" is highly recommended! I visited there for an afternoon late last year and came back with the following series of images. For the most part I used the GH1 + 14-140mm, as well as the E-M5 + 9-18mm. 1. The sole exception to the two zooms, shot instead with the PL25mm f1.4. This is the Penitentiary building. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. The Hospital 11. 12. Port Arthur was an early attempt to reform prisoners as well as punish them. 13. 14. 15. 16. The Barracks 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. The Church. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. A tragic, modern chapter was added to Port Arthur's history in 1996 when 36 people were killed by a lone gunman. The cross below is part of the memorial to those who died.