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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

Sarah Island

Introduction

The ruins of the new penitentiary

The ruins of the new penitentiary

The Sarah Island Historic Site is Tasmania's oldest convict settlement, operating from 1822 to 1833. Located within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area on the rugged west coast and separated from the settled east by a vast tract of mountainous wilderness, Sarah Island was proposed by Lt Governor Sorell as a "place of banishment and security for the worst description of convicts" and as such developed the reputation as one of the severest of the penal settlements established during the history of transportation.

However, the island was also a successful center of industry. Pining and shipbuilding were among the trades carried out by the convicts. Indeed, in its day, Sarah Island was the largest shipbuilding yard in Australia.