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SEPARATE PRISON
Model Prison at Port Arthur, Tasmania

Completion: 2001-2003
Client: Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority

Conservation Management Plan

The Separate (Model) Prison operated from 1846 to 1877. Designed along similar lines to Pentonville Prison in London, it was built in a cruciform pattern in stages. Those convicts who were considered ‘incorrigibles’ (multiple offenders, absconders and homosexuals) were sent there for periods of up to 18 months during which time they had no contact with other inmates.

Design 5 prepared a detailed study of the building and a comprehensive Conservation Report to guide repair, conservation and interpretation works. This involved an historical investigation (prepared by Rodney Croome), an archaeological survey (Godden Mackay Logan), a fabric survey (with David Young) and an Interpretation Schedule.

The resulting plan provided for a comprehensive conservation regime, increased accessibility for disabled visitors, and a new and innovative interpretation approach, which proposed cutting-edge methods for demonstrating all layers of history.

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