Indeed the graves offer a glimpse into the past, offering a look at the
people who lived, worked, suffered and died, bringing to life images of
a fascinating historical past.
In 1841, the amateur meteorologist and Deputy Assistant Commissary at
Port Arthur’s prison settlement, Thomas Lempriere, in the company of
noted Antarctic explorer Captain Sir James Ross, cut one of the earliest
benchmarks in the world, against which to measure scientific changes in
He used a basic tidal gauge to measure the tidal movements of the time,
and it is only in recent times that his results were found in London.
View of headstones.
Today, this benchmark with the old records of tidal movements, will be
compared to current measurements of the sea level, to establish
what if any changes have occurred.
Source: The Isle of the Dead
by Richard Lord and
Port Arthur Historic Site.
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