Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur

The Isle of the Dead is a small island off the coast of the World Heritage listed Port Arthur. Port Arthur was used as a punishment centre for repeat offenders from all of the other penal colonies around Australia from 1833. It closed in 1877.

The Isle of the Dead was used as the settlement’s cemetery between 1833 and 1877. It is the resting place of around 1,100 military and civil officers, their wives and children as well as some convicts.

You can book a tour of the Isle of the Dead when you purchase your entrance ticket into the Port Arthur Historical Site. It is well worth the visit.

Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur

Below: This lone gravestone faces towards the ocean and away from the other gravestones. It is the grave of a convict. Was this a way of showing disregard for officers who are also buried on the island?

Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
Isle of the Dead, Port Arthur
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