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"Isle of the Dead" tour Port Arthur

contributed by Bluedog, taken in October 1994
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Boat wharf to the "Isle of the Dead" tour Port Arthur
The Isle of the Dead tour gives you a fascinating insight into the lives and deaths of some of Port Arthurís past residents. The tiny island cemetery holds the remains of over 1000 people; convict and free. Join a guided tour to the island to hear the personal stories of convicts transported half way around the world, the soldiers who gave their lives to guard the prison, the men in positions of responsibility, and the families who followed them to the ends of the earth. The History: Between 1833 and 1877 over 1000 people were buried on the Isle of the Dead. The island has two distinct burial sections; with convicts buried largely in unmarked graves on the low southern end, and the free and military burials marked by headstones up on the high northern end.

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