Watch the documentary film below to learn about the restoration and conservation of Port Arthur during the 1980s.

Many of Port Arthur’s buildings, including the Penitentiary, were gutted by bushfires in 1895 and 1897. Most of them were never rebuilt. No measures were taken to properly preserve them until The Port Arthur Conservation and Development Project took place between 1979 and 1986.

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Tas That Was is a column that includes anecdotes of life in Tasmania in the past, as well as historical photographs of or documentaries about locations in Tasmania.

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