Port Arthur News Archive

"I love you Mum and Dad, and I know you love me. Love Alannah"
- written in her diary by Alannah Mikac, 6

[The Seascape Cottage] [17k .jpg]
The Seascape Cottage

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On April 28 and 29 of 1996, a 29 year old male named Martin Bryant murdered 35 people, injured 18 people, attempted to murder 20 people, set fire to a car he had stolen from four of his victims, and set fire to a bed-and-breakfast cottage (image above) belonging to two more of his victims. A full account is included in the sentence, and a list of people and charges is in this article.

Since that time, at least three books have been published on the matter.
Suddenly one Sunday by Mike Bingham published in 1996 by HarperCollins. Mike is a columnist for the Hobart Mercury, which he joined in 1979. He had previously written for Brisbane's Courier Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun in Melbourne, and as a foreign correspondent for the Herald & Weekly Times in London.
Port Arthur: A Story of Strength and Courage by Margaret Scott, published in 1997 by Random House. Margaret is a fairly well-known "older lady" who emigrated to Tasmania in 1959, taught English for 24 years at University, and is now a full-time writer.
To Have and to Hold by Walter Mikac, published in 1997 by Macmillan. Walter lost his wife, Nanette, and two daughters, six-year-old Alannah and three-year-old Madeline, at Port Arthur. He established the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, which provides financial and other support to child victims of violent crime or the sudden loss of family.

What the papers were saying in 1997...

The Advertiser: April 29

What the papers were saying in 1996...

The Advertiser: April 29
The Advocate: July 6
The Australian: April 29, May 1, 2
The Courier-Mail: May 6
The Daily Telegraph: May 1
The Examiner: April 29, May 1 to 10, 11, 30
Gold Coast Bulletin: April 30
Herald Sun: April 29
The Mercury: May 1 10, 28 to 30
The Standard-Times: April 29, 30, May 1
The Star (Dublin): April 29, 30 (thanks)
The Sydney Morning Herald: April 29, May 1, 2, 4, 7, 8
The West Australian: May 1

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Other news items, articles and stories...
CNN: April 28, 29a, 29b, 30a, 30b, May 1, 3, 4, 10, 19, 22, June 15, July 14, September 30, November 7
NBC: November 8a, 8b
Reuters: April 29, May 1, and June 2, 1996
Anglican Communion News Service
Michigan Militia Corps: Gun Sales Soar as Australians Cash in on Disarmament Plan
Julian Palmer's article on the possible motivations of Martin Bryant
Profile of a "Tasmanian Devil"
Social Issues Bulletin on gun control

Other relevant links:
International Psychological Services: February 24, 2001 , April 10, 2001
A Case for Gun Control by Jason Gottlieb
Commonwealth Law Enforcement Board
Firearms Buyback Scheme
GreenWeek: 1996 in review
Internet Crime Archives
Nesan Kistan's testimony
Shooters Party
Sporting Shooters Association of Australia
The Tasmania FAQ
Zan's Thought for May 1, 1996

Port Arthur and Dunblane by James Boswell

Tourist information:
Port Arthur Historic Site
Open Directory Project
Australia Tourism Net
Port Arthur Historic Convict Site
Port Arthur & The Tasmanian Peninsula
Port Arthur Prison
TasTour: Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula
Tas-Trek Port Arthur
Tourism Department: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Travelling Australia
Where To Stay
Port Arthur Commemorates Australia's Prison Past

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