Point Puer is a contradiction. The landscape was magnificent, such beauty abounded with each turn of my head. How could you not marvel at its wonder…. then I remembered its history. The water colour was drawing us in like a magnet it was such a beautiful aqua and the mist just made it a secret jewel.
I am sure the boys of Point Puer did not have the same thoughts as I did on a cold morning in 1833 when the first sixty boys were sent to build the jail, for this was a penal settlement for boys from the age of 10 to 14. It operated from 1834 to 1849. It was the first British purpose-built institution for reforming of criminal boys. The hope was to try and give them a trade so they could be rehabilitated back into society and not re-offend into their adult lives. By separating them from the adult population at Port Arthur they could not be easily influenced by the hardened professional prisoners. Unfortunately in that era boys of that age were mostly undernourished and of short stature and so not appealing to many would be employers. Severe punishment was the keynote at Point Puer. By today’s standards some of the misdemeanors of the boys would not warrant transportation to another country on the opposite side of the earth. I wonder how the boys of today would fair under this regime? For more information please go to the link here.
Nothing much remains of their presence except a few foundations and a wall. We didn’t explore the whole area as it was misting with rain but scenery wise it was beautiful. Definitely worth the explore. Apparently you should go via Port Arthur on one of their boat cruises that will take you to this heavenly place. We took the road less travelled and went down Safety Cove Road, a road worth a trip if you have the time just next to Port Arthur.
In the picture below Isle of the Dead is the island that can be seen in the middle. This area is a popular tourist attraction with a boat cruise taking you there from Port Arthur.