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Port Arthur

Our next stop was Port Arthur because it is the second place that convicts came to in Australia after Sydney. If I was a convict, I don’t think I would work for people who were mean but luckily this place was only for men convicts.

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First the Isle of the Dead. It is an island where the bodies of convicts, soldiers and free settlers where taken when they passed away. We went there on a boat and a man told us about some of the different people who were buried there. The convicts didn’t get a gravestone, just a pile of dirt, but free people did get a gravestone if somebody paid for it.

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Next the Church. The church had no roof and nothing inside, it was just walls. The Separate Prison had a roof, a chapel and cells all open. This place was for the really bad people. Port Arthur was where convicts went if they had done bad things in other prisons. If they kept doing bad things, they were sent to the Coal Mines, we went to see the Coal Mines as well but I thought this was a bit boring. The Commandant was the boss of the whole convict settlement and his house was very pretty and old fashioned, and after the site closed, it was turned into a hotel for a while in the 1900s. Convicts couldn’t escape Port Arthur and had to stay there for at least 7 years. Many of the convicts learnt how to do different jobs like shoemaking, boat building, timber cutting and building with stone so they could get a job if they got set free.

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If they kept doing bad things, they were sent to the Coal Mines, we went to see the Coal Mines as well but I thought this was a bit boring. The Commandant was the boss of the whole convict settlement and his house was very pretty and old fashioned, and after the site closed, it was turned into a hotel for a while in the 1900s. Convicts couldn’t escape Port Arthur and had to stay there for at least 7 years. Many of the convicts learnt how to do different jobs like shoemaking, boat building, timber cutting and building with stone so they could get a job if they got set free.

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One of the other days we stayed at Port Arthur, we went to see some natural things along the coast. These were the Tessellating Pavement, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Blowhole and Remarkable Cave. I thought the Tessellating Pavement was the most fun because it was like big tiles laid on the beach and we looked for shells and liked jumping from tile to tile. We even found some fossils in the rocks.

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  • Nanna

    I love receiving your Blogs, Ruby. You look so pretty and happy, you must be having a wonderful time, with so many interesting and historical places you are visiting.

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