Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Copping Colonial & Convict Collection

The Copping Colonial & Convict Collection is a collection of colonial & convict memorabilia at Copping, southeast Tasmania. The Exhibition features a diverse range of colonial & convict-era relics and antiques. On display you will find everything from leg irons to steam irons—mouse traps to man traps. There is also an original cell door from the Port Arthur penal settlement, which was in use between 1833 and 1877, as well as thousands of other items relating to the convict era and the history of settlement in southern Tasmania.

You can browse through the array of authentic artifacts and gain an insight in the Tasman Peninsula’s convict history. The collection also includes childhood treasures and one of only three cars manufactured in Australia in the 19th century. There are over 10,000 items on display with items dating back to the 1800s and depicting everyday living of early settlers through to modern living of today. Some items are antique, some just nostalgic… but all are interesting and unique.

Copping is an hour and fifteen minutes southeast of Hobart, and an hour’s drive north of Port Arthur The Copping Colonial Convict Exhibition is on the Tasman Highway, en route to Port Arthur. Housed in a big shed, the museum is open during regular business hours, seven days a week.  After spending time checking out the memorabilia, you can sit down to a nice coffee & snacks at the Vines & Designs café attached to the museum. Vines & Designs is a café, art gallery & gift shop.

All in all, it’s a very interesting place to check out the large range of memorabilia….and all for a gold coin donation.

Copping Colonial & Convict Exhibition
2217 Arthur Hwy
Copping, Tas