Colonialism and its Aftermath

Port Arthur Historic Site

Out With the Gothic: Source Strategy and Media Outcomes

Over the last five years, the management of Port Arthur has encouraged visiting journalists to look beyond the 'blood-soaked' gothic stereotype that surrounded the site in the 20th century. This project measures the success of that strategy by analysing recent media texts and interviewing journalists and their Port Arthur 'sources'. In this way, both the outcomes of the strategy and the behind-the-scenes dynamics that produced the stories can be examined.

Displaying The Convict Era

The convict era and its associated trappings have long been a draw card amongst tourists to Tasmania. This project will examine ways in which the material culture of convict transportation and other artefacts have been used to interpret the experience of convict transportation to Van Diemen's Land overtime.

Talking About 'The Convict' In The Nineteenth Century

How was 'the convict' represented through the pages of contemporary newspapers? Using a 'slice' approach corresponding with major changes in the treatment of convicts - the development of Port Arthur and Point Puer, the delivery of the Bigge Report, the change from assignment to probation, the introduction of separate punishment, the end of transportation - investigate changing depictions of 'the convict'. How did these contribute to those changes?