CONVICT CEMETERIES AND BURIAL GROUNDS OF NORFOLK ISLAND AND PORT ARTHUR BY MAREE EVANS AND DR CAITLIN

Norfolk Island and Port Arthur are two of eleven outstanding heritage places across Australia that make up the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property. Collectively they are representative of the global phenomenon of the forced migration of convicts.

Separated by a geographic distance of 2400km, the two sites are inextricably linked by the people who lived and died within the system. Both have unique cemeteries that were shaped by their isolated environments and the individuals overseeing them.

This co-presentation from Maree Evans of Norfolk Island and Caitlin Vertigan of PAHSMA will discuss the history of each cemetery, their individual characteristics and conservation challenges, and follow the stories of multiple convicts, military, and free people who moved between the two places.

Maree Evans is the Manager of Norfolk Island Museum located in Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA). She is a direct descendant of Bounty mutineers and gives weekly tours through the historic site.

Dr Caitlin Vertigan is a Conservation Project Officer at the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA). Her primary role is in managing the complex interplay between natural and cultural values across the PAHSMA sites.

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