The Dog Line

In 1852 the Dog Line at Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania was established and designed to keep the convicts from getting any further up the coast during their escape attempt. The dogs were close enough together to be able to drink out of each other’s water bowl. This sort of worked and many escaped convicts were caught and sent back to Port Arthur Penitentiary to serve the remainder of their sentence out in some pretty harsh conditions.


Today there is a statue at the dog line representing what the dogs would have looked like and I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t like to have come across one of them during my escape attempt.


The penitentiary stands today in all of its glory, You can walk around the site and see how cramped the cells were. Port Arthur is a beautiful place that must be visited.

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