Saturday, October 31, 2009
Oct. 31 – p.m.
The rest of our day was spent at Port Arthur, a penal colony that was set up in 1830. The first boys' prison in the state was begun to keep the children out of the adult prison and also to teach them a trade and to read and write. Many of the adult prisoners also had schooling. They left England as illiterates who could only sign with an X, and some became teachers for the youth in the boys' prison or for the children of the staff. The picture is the adult prison.
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