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Port Arthur Penitentiary
Port Arthur Penitentiary is located on the Tasmania Island,
60 km Southeast of Hobart in Australia. It is most famous for an abandoned
ruins of a former prison that is said to be haunted by the locals.
Location: Tasmania Island, 60 km Southeast of Hobart
Description of Port Arthur Penitentiary
Port Arthur is a small town 60 kilometers Southeast from
Hobart. First settlement was found in 1830 and later three years Port Arthur Penitentiary was
constructed. Between 1833 and 1853 Port Arthur prison housed some of
the most dangerous and violent criminals from
Great Britain and
Ireland. Additionally many juvenile offenders were jailed here.
Some of them were just 9 years old and their crimes was nothing more
than just stealing someone else's toys.
Port Arthur Penitentiary was active until 1877 and it
became famous for its harsh treatments of inmates. This included
both physical and psychological punishment that was viewed as the
only way to "reform" its inmates. This included food and water
deprivation for those prisoners who misbehaved or talked
disrespectfully to the prison guards. Those who showed some
improvement were given sugar, tea and even tobacco. Inmates of Port
Arthur Penitentiary were largely involved on local construction
projects, however they were prevented from talking to any of the
local residents. Harsh treatment and terrible hot arid climate
forced many of the inmates to commit suicide. Nearby Isle of the
Dead has at least 1646 graves of former inmates.
Today Port Arthur Penitentiary is a popular open air
museum. Tours, including ghost tours are available here. Local Port
Arthur Penitentiary museum houses a modest collection of clothes,
photos, household items as well as personal items of the former
prisoners. In 2010 Port Arthur Penitentiary was added to the UNESCO
World Heritage List due to its importance and historical value. It
is visited by 250,000 tourists annually.
Port Arthur Penitentiary in 1870's
Haunting in Port Arthur Penitentiary
Today Port Arthur Penitentiary became the hot
spot for ghost hunters. Sounds, lights, full body ghosts that seem too real
and quiet communicative with guests. Some apparitions seem to have a sense
of humor making faces behind guide's back, others were less friendly. Many
tourists claimed that ghosts pinched, touched and even attacked them during
their ghost tours in Port Arthur Penitentiary.
Some of the locals even claimed that ghosts of Port
Arthur Penitentiary might influence people who live nearby.
Believers in this theory even blame their activity on 1996 mass
shooting. Back then Port Arthur became a site of tragedy when Martin
Bryant shot 35 people on April 28. Another 21 people were injured.
This bloody incident became the reason why Australia severely
tightened gun control rules.