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Begun in 1854, the Port Arthur Penitentiary was designed to accommodate over 480 convicts. Converted from a Flour Mill and Granary, the building contained both separate cells and an open plan dormitory.
As part of the conversion, an area at the rear of the building was given over to an ablutions block, exercise yards, stores and laundry. This model is of the Laundry area, part way through excavation. Investigation of this area was carried out by PAHSMA during November-December 2016. The model shows the building’s sandstone footings, which, in addition to the Laundry space, housed stores, wash block, boiler room and baths. Also visible are drains and surfaces which were inside the building.
For a model of the area at the close of excavation see:https://skfb.ly/ZBER
Model by: Peter Rigozzi