Wednesday, 31 July 2013

New Education Tour at the Port Arthur Historic Site

Contact: Gemma Davie, Education Officer, Port Arthur Historic Site
P: 6251 2367 E: gemma.davie@portarthur.org.au W: www.portarthur.org.au

Location: Port Arthur
Available: ongoing

Intended Audience: Secondary Schools & Colleges

The Port Arthur Historic Site has recently introduced a new education tour for the Year Nine Australian Curriculum for History. The tour, titled 'Making a Better World? The evolution of a convict settlement', examines Port Arthur in the global context of 19th century history and takes students on a chronological journey through the site, from its origin as a timber-getting station in 1830, through the phases of assignment and probation, to the settlement's closure in 1877.

During the new ninety minute tour, students will examine buildings, photographs and artefacts to discover Port Arthur's many layers of history and stories of punishment and reform.

A Program Guide has also been developed for teachers. This guide includes links to the curriculum, classroom activities, and suggested resources.

The new tour, along with the supporting resources, provides a unique opportunity for school groups to gain an in-depth understanding of Tasmania's convict history. The tour is available for school groups from Year Nine to Year Twelve.

For more information, visit the website.

'The Port Arthur Historic Sites include three of the eleven historic sites that together form the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property'