Sunday, 6 December 2015

Catholic Chaplin's House, Port Arthur

This house was constructed in 1844, built for Father William Bond, the first Roman Catholic chaplain appointed to the settlement. By 1843, the Catholic prisoners had been agitating for their own pastor to be appointed and were refusing to attend the protestant services in the convict church. It was as a result of this that Father Bond was appointed.

A small room at the back of the house was designed to act as a private chapel for the chaplain to minister to his flock. The Catholic’s would sometimes use the church for their services but in later years, the Catholic Pastors would conduct their services in a makeshift Roman Catholic chapel on the second floor of the Penitentiary or Prisoners Barracks

The house was only small, only ever intended for a single man but a later priest, Father Fitzgerald lived here with his sister and her female servant. As a result, he wrote that he felt  “cribbed, cabined, confined or rather coffined” by his cramped accommodation.

The house survived the terrible bushfires of 1895 & 1897 which damaged so much of the settlement and by the early 20th century, it had become part of the “Hotel Arthur”. The building has been restored but is not open to the public at the moment. Still, it is a beautiful building, as are many of the buildings that make up the area of Port Arthur known as “Civil Officers Row”.

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Interpretive Sign at the Site

7 comments:

  1. Hi Geoff, such lovely photos! I'd like to subscribe to your blog by email, would you be able to add that option to the blog? On your Blogger dashboard it's a gadget under Settings. Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Janelle,
      Thanks for your request. Something I hadnt looked at. Have now set it up. Hopefully it works ok. New posts are done on sundays & wednesdays generally. Please let me know if nothing comes through on wednesday and I'll check it out again.
      Cheers :)

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  2. The steps are so nicely worn and what history they could tell of the people who have used them.

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    1. Certainly is, Andrew. Would love to hear those stories for sure! :)

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  3. Hi Geoff,
    What a lovely site to see! I wonder, while you are on a DIY Blog Improvement Program, would you also consider adding the Search function? Located in a similar place to the Follow by Email button. I wanted to see what sites you might have visited in the north, but I ran out of steam after clicking through most of the archives.

    Best wishes,

    Lenore

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    1. Hi Lenore,
      Thanks for your comments. While I play with the settings and try and set up that search function, you can always use the search box on the top left hand corner of the blog. Just use a key word (EG: Stanley) and press the magnifying glass icon and it'll search the blog for posts with that word in it. Not perfect but still pretty efficient.
      Regards

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  4. Gosh, I thought that was for searching for other blogs. I would have sworn that is what I used it for in the distant past, too. You learn something every day! Thanks. (Nothing for Westbury. How about taking some hols up there?)

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