Port Arthur is a former convict settlement in Tasmania started by the British Empire during the 19th century. Now it is a designated World Heritage site where many Australians can go to learn about their lineage. It’s an open-air museum that’s very peaceful and somber.
When you go in the museum, they give you a card that is linked to a former convict. Mine was a 13-year-old boy who had stolen umbrellas. Most of the prisoners here were males and repeat offenders.
Port Arthur is very interesting because they seriously tried to reform prisoners by teaching them useful skills and trades to stop recidivism. This type of thinking was not common at the time so it was a huge undertaking. I’m glad they took a progressive approach in helping these prisoners.