Port Arthur in Autumn

A few days ago we visited Port Arthur with some friends. Port Arthur is a UNESCO heritage site located on the Tasman Peninsula in Tasmania. It is a penal settlement used for the convicts. The convicts were criminals from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

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This is the church.

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A lot of these buildings were destroyed by fire, and what is left of Port Arthur nowadays, is just a small amount of what it used to be.

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This path leads past the Guard Tower, which overlooks the bay in which Port Arthur is built around. The tower to the left of the picture is part of the Guard Tower.

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These are the old sleeping quarters of the convicts. They were quite cramped spaces.

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Although what happened at Port Arthur isn’t the nicest story,
visiting Port Arthur in autumn can bring some great photo
opportunities, as shown above.

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This picture looks back on the Penitentiary, which is the main building in Port Arthur.

Many free settlers, which were people who had come to
Tasmania (known as Van Diemens Land back in the day) of their own free will, lived all around Tasmania.

If convicts could serve their sentence of 7 years without causing any trouble,
they got a ‘Ticket of Leave’ and were able to leave Port Arthur and become settlers.
If they were caught breaking the law after they left, they would be brought back to Port Arthur.

Convicts tried many times to escape, and some were successful for a little while, and some weren’t successful at all. Port Arthur’s location was chosen well. It is surrounded on all sides by water, and the only way to get off is by this small strip of land called Eaglehawk Neck. It was small enough that soldiers could chain one dog on one side of the strip of land, and another dog on the other. They were kept far enough apart that they couldn’t attack each other, but close enough that no one could get through. The only other way to get out was to swim, and the majority of the convicts couldn’t swim.

A lot of convicts were brought here for the crime, which was a serious offence back then, of stealing a loaf of bread. Other offences included stealing fabrics, stealing livestock, stealing clothing, and housebreaking.

Museum of the Village – Białystok


Today I was researching Białystok, which is were my Tata comes from, for interesting places to visit and I found this place. Which is museum of the traditional timber buildings from the region of Białystok.

During the 20th Century, there arose a need to preserve the traditional timber architecture typical for the region of Białystok, which had started to rapidly disappear.  Thus arose the idea of the Białystok Country Museum.

The Białystok region is home to many different ethnic groups – the Poles, Tatars, Jews, Russians, and Belarusians, who have co-existed together for centuries. One of the project’s main intents was to highlight this multicultural aspect of the Białystok region. The plan involved the recreation of the typical village layout (villages of the ulicówka and szeregówka types) and the reconstruction of farmsteads, and traditional field and orchard utilization patterns.

This was to be laid out on an impressively large area of 100 hectares. But, during 1994 there was a fire that consumed a relic barn built in the mid 18th century, and eight other buildings. This fire destroyed a large part of the collection, which resulted in project authorities discarding the idea of recreating settlement patterns and decreasing the museum area to 30 hectares and fencing it in.

Despite all this, the open air museum is still impressive in terms of its size and the richness of it’s collection. It consists of 33 relic buildings all of which are heritage from the Białystok villages.

Some of the more interesting buildings available at the museum include, a water mill, a grand forge from the area of Gródek, a set of forest buildings from a forest settlement, a small gentry house, the mansion of a land owner from Bobra Wielka, a 19th century windmill, and a fire fighters building.

I think it would be a very interesting thing to see.

Home Education Tasmania 1st Annual Statewide Camp 2013.

We are seeking expressions of interest from people interested in joining in a Statewide camp in 2013 around October / November. If you are interested in being a part of the fun please join our H.E.T. Group and once joined we will send you an invite to the camp and you can express your interest in joining in. That way we can gauge interest and possible numbers or Email us for further details or to register your interest by clicking here!
We are hoping to have it over two or three nights

Thanks in advance

  • ‘Home Education Tasmania – H.E.T. ‘ is a community group designed for everyone who is either home educating, being home educated or has an interest in home education in Tasmania. It is a place for us to come together enjoy outings / excursions and activities, mainly in the southern and midlands region of the state, but at times in the North. As well as share information resources, experiences and showcase our learning and work. It is also a place designed to provide friendship and support. H.E.T. Also runs a Youth group for older Home Educated children called ‘The Yetti’s’.‘Home Education Tasmania’ is an all inclusive community that aims to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all, free of advertising, religion and politics.

H.E.T. – Home Education Tasmania

Well we have been extremely busy working on the program for our Home Education group called H.E.T. ~ Home Education Tasmania. Phinee had created a list of over 60 things she hoped to do or achieve in 2013 as a basis to work from for our yearly program.

Then phone calls were made late in December 2012, to organise the first set of activities for the start of 2013. So our Summer – Autumn program is now organised, booked and ready to go. It’s just a matter of turning it into a PDF document and sending it out to home educating families in Tasmania.

Some of the wonderful activities we have organised from now until April 2013 include:

  • Picnic at Kingston Beach
  • Hastings Cave and Thermal Pool
  • Cascade female factory and
  • Grote Reber

We have also organised a new Youth Group for Home Educated Children called ‘The Yetti’s’ – which stands for ‘Tasmanian Home Educating Youth Engaging Together Through Involvement and Sharing’.

So to see learn more or become involved please visit one of the following places

or email me directly for a copy of our program and to be added to the groups mailing list for upcoming activities by clicking here!

Here’s to a happy and enjoyable 2013.