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Port Arthur World Heritage Site, Australia

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Luckypenguin, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. 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.
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    10. The Hospital
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    12. Port Arthur was an early attempt to reform prisoners as well as punish them.
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    16. The Barracks
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    23. The Church.
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    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.

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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Mu-43 All-Pro

    A nice record Nic - enjoyed a day spent there back in 2009. You have captured the eerie beauty well.
     
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  3. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2012
    Denmark
    Morten
    Thanks for the story and the lovely images Nic!
     
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  4. We didn't allow ourselves enough time at Port Arthur since we'd driven down from Hobart through Richmond that same morning, and as a result we didn't get to go out to the Boy's Prison or the Isle of the Dead. Ideally we would have split the same exercise over two days and had all of the second day to explore Port Arthur.
     
  5. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Nicely done Nic. We here tend to know Port Arthur for all the wrong reasons but there really is some amazing photo opportunities to be had there.

    Love the shot with the 3 cell doors and the the courtyard(?) shot immediately below it.
    And good work again with the PP...your finely balanced tones and colours are real easy on the eye.
     
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  6. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Chris
    3,4,7,16 scream to be printed IMHO. great job Nic. as usual.
     
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  7. incabloc

    incabloc Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 21, 2012
    Thanks for sharing the very nice photos.
    Very informational & interesting!
     
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  8. dnightingale

    dnightingale Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 12, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Darren
    Great journal. Very nice photo's. I really have to make time to visit there myself.
     
  9. David

    David Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jun 22, 2011
    Sydney
    Excellent images and seems like you had a nice trip.

    But I still remember the day the incident happen in 1996.

    Will have to visit there one day.
     
  10. Thank you for the kind words.

    Thanks Chris. So far #17 is the only one that has been committed to print, but I'm sure I'll do a few more as well

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    Tasmania itself is well worth the trip. By Australian standards it is very compact and you can get around without spending too much time on the road. We did a 'lap' in 11 days, although for our itinerary we could easily have used an extra 3 days or so. It would have allowed us more time here in Port Arthur, as well as avoiding an early morning dash through icy roads from Cradle Mountain to Strahan to catch the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
     
  11. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Vin
    Fantastic work Nic, razor sharp and surreal clarity. My favorites are too many to list, but I particularly like 15. I love the contradiction of prison bars against the freedom of the leisure boats out in the distance.