Convict stories brought to life at Highfield

October 9, 2023 10:42 am in by

The experience of visiting historic Highfield House at Stanley will now be better than ever before with the installation of new interpretative panels, showcasing the history of the outbuildings and grounds.

Braddon MP Roger Jaensch says the new panels will enhance the visitor experience to the important tourist drawcard.

The Highfield Historic Site had been restored and conserved by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service over many years, offering visitors an insight into the early colonisation of Tasmania, including the establishment of the North West’s Van Diemen’s Land Company.

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Mr Jaensch says the new panels tell the stories of the real characters that make up Highfield’s history, including the 80 convicts who worked for the Van Diemen’s Land Company, their crimes, sentence, name of the ship they arrived on and the punishment they received.

The new panels have been installed across the site, including at the school room, barn, slaughterhouse, stables, workers cottage, and even the privy.

More than 16,000 people visited Highfield last year.