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    Australia's modern/civilized history is rather short ... our colonization was started around 1788.

    I'll keep adding photos to this thread that I took on our very short visit there recently. I'll add them building by building ... there's actually only a few I took shots of.

    Killing Ground
    Port Arthur on Tasmania's Tasman Peninsula has a solid part in both our early history of this period but also a dramatic and tragic episode only a few years ago.

    Now called the Port Arthur Massacre ... this is our 'Columbine'.

    On Sunday, 28 April 1996, in Port Arthur, a professional combat shooter, Martin Bryant, opened fire in the Broad Arrow Cafe at Port Arthur in Tasmania.
    In less than a minute 20 people lay dead, 19 of them killed with single shots to the head, fired from the right hip. From the first bullet that killed the first victim, approximately 15 seconds passed, during which 12 people were dead and 10 more were wounded.
    Bryant moved to the cafe' next door and when he left 29 rounds were fired in the cafe and gift shop areas combined now in approximately 90–120 seconds. In that time, Bryant killed 20 people.

    From there moved out into the car-park and proceeded to stalk and kill more people. When it was over, and the Special Operatives Police had captured him, 35 people were dead and 21 were wounded. The youngest was just 3 years old.

    Within a matter of weeks legislation was passed to removed semi-automatic weapons from the Australian population and a gun buy-back proceeded. It is now illegal to own any semi-automatic gun in Australia.

    More details available here if you wish ... Port Arthur Massacre

    Convict History
    Port Arthur was originally started as a timber gathering settlement using convict labour from Britain. If you were deemed a trouble maker or stole as little as a loaf of bread you could end up doing 7 years or more hard labour at Port Arthur. It started in 1833 and closed in 1877.
    Today it is a heritage site of more than 30 historic buildings and ruins.


    The Church

    This is the old stone church in Port Arthur that the convicts built and had to attend as part of their possible rehabilitation. It was constructed in 1836-37.

    Built on high ground to overlook the convict settlement, the church could accommodate over one thousand souls at its services.

    The church was never consecrated, due to its use by prisoners of different denominations, but was representative of the authorities’ goal to reform the convict population through religion.

    The church was destroyed by fire in 1884 and has undergone repeated conservation work throughout the 20th century.
















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    Very cool set! I particularily like the first one. It reminds me of 12c British Tapestries where you see three sides of an object in one plane (no perspective in the art basically).

    Regarding the gun legislation, way to go! 'Nuff said.
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    Very nice set, MA; by now everyone knows that I am partial to monochrome images. That first monochrome one is "killer", superb. Love the dynamics of the clouds with the solemness of the brick buildings. Quite a wonderful athmosphere. Add to that the unique perspective and you have got a winner. Very nice work. Nominated!
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    Thanks matt for that ... and also JAS

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    the fourth one is my particular favorite. contrasting colors and secretiveness. nice history lesson, too. thanks. oh and did you clone out all the tourists or is it deserted all the time?
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    terrific set. I am hard pressed to find a favourite!
    Feel free to make comments on any of my shots

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    Thanks Bambi and WD.

    I cloned only 1 tourist out of one shot ... my wife It was quiet enough that if I wanted for the right moment I got the shot people free.

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    The Penitentiary

    This is the main penitentiary in the Port Arthur Settlement. There was also a women's prison, boys prison and one they called the Separate Prison which was basically for solitary confinement.

    Originally at the settlement, convicts were housed in wooden huts but as numbers grew (by 1840 more than 2000 convicts and staff were housed at Port Arthur) the Flour Mill and Granary was converted into the 4 story prison below.
    The 2 lower floors had 136 cells for prisoners of 'bad character.' The top floor had 480 cells with bunks for better behaved prisoners.

    There's more to this building but it had scaffolding along it (to the left of this shot) so I avoided showing that.




    I'd just stepped in through the door here and turned to shoot out where I'd came from


    A few more steps and I was out of the entry way and in the prison, or whats left of it.


    At the back





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    the additions are great. Looks like you were standing in the stream in one of them.
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    Great set, MA. It looks like it was a very peaceful place to be.

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