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Aircraft Activity at Lake Pedder

19/01/2019

There will be aircraft using Lake Pedder to access water for firefighting purposes.More

PWS Public Safety Update

18/01/2019

As assessment of the fire situation continues, access to some parks and reserve areas are being managed for public safety.More

PWS Update - Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

18/01/2019

The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is responding to a fire west of the Labyrinth in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park that was identified late this afternoon.More

Maria Island

Introduction

Official opening of cement works in 1924

Darlington Convict Settlement c. 1830
(Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts)

Maria Island has undergone many changes since the first crude camps of whalers and sealers were set up on its shores in the early 1800s. The now tranquil island has been, amongst other things, a setting for convict stations, a stronghold for the varied enterprises of Italian entrepreneur Diego Bernacchi, and a base for the National Portland Cement Company.

Each layer of history has left its mark on the island's landscape. Structures have been erected, altered, re-used and demolished in each phase of settlement, leaving a complex, but intriguing legacy of historic heritage.

Further information on Maria Island can be found at our Visitors Guide to Tasmania's National Parks.


World Heritage Listed Darlington Probation Station

The significance of the convict probation era at Darlington was recognised recently as part of the 11 Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. (PDF 2.2 Mb)

Darlington is the most representative and intact example of a probation station in Australia. Its 14 convict buildings and ruins are preserved in a layout that reflects the key features of  the probation system in Van Diemen’s Land. The site has remained relatively unchanged since the convict era.