|UNESCO #1306 - Australian Convict Site, Tasmania - AUSTRALIA|
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Porth Arthur, Tasmania - AUSTRALIA - UNESCO #1306
Another UNESCO card from "down under", this one not with a natural or cultural beauty, but with a sad historical mark of major significance and few people are aware. The massive deportation of convicts (not necessarily criminals) to Australia is on almost unbelievable if we think the distance from there to England and the means of transportation available in the late 18th century... This card shows a church built in the place of one of that sites (never consecrated though). Thank you very much Alison for my 2nd Australian UNESCO site and the 180th of my collection, 801 more and I'm done. This postcard took 16 days to arrive!
The property includes a selection of eleven penal sites, among the thousands established by the British Empire on Australian soil in the 18th and 19th centuries. Around 166,000 men, women and children were sent to Australia over 80 years between 1787 and 1868, condemned by British justice to transportation to the convict colonies. The Australian Convict Sites presents the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts.