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Australian Convict Sites - World Heritage Success

Australian Convict Sites World Heritage ListingThe Tasmanian Government is very proud to announce that five of our most important and highly significant convict sites have been inscribed on the World Heritage List as part of the 11 sites included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage serial nomination lodged with UNESCO by the Australian Government in January 2008.

The description and statement of outstanding universal values that make up the inscription can be found here.

The Tasmanian Convict Sites in the World Heritage listing include the Brickendon-Woolmers Estates near Longford; the Cascades Female Factory in South Hobart; the Coal Mines Historic Site and the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula; and the Darlington Probation Station on Maria Island on Tasmania's East Coast.

Each of these Tasmanian places are already recognised and protected for having outstanding heritage values at a State and a National level, and have been entered on the Tasmanian Heritage Register, as well as the National Heritage List.

The remaining six sites includes, four sites in New South Wales: the Old Government House and Domain, Hyde Park Barracks, the Great North Road and the Cockatoo Island Convict Site; the Fremantle Gaol in Western Australia; and the Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area on Norfolk Island.

Each of the five Tasmania sites help tell a unique part of the wider convict story:

Your guide to Tasmania's World Heritage convict sites

Your guide to Tasmania’s World Heritage convict sites

Useful links

On World Heritage List inscription: http://whc.unesco.org/
On the World Heritage nomination: http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/world/nominations/convict-sites/index.html
On the National Heritage List: http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/publications/about/convict-sites.html

To access each site's entries in the Tasmanian Heritage Register, go to the site of specific interest:

Site specific information is also available at: