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'Eulogy' on the Desecration of
I stood above the final resting
place of Solomon Blay, Tasmania’s long serving Public
Executioner at Cornelian Bay Cemetery. I voiced out loud a
sincere request that he and his fellow ex-convicts, many
interred around him in this Paupers Grave site, would allow me
to ‘move on’ after burying deeply my grief and feelings with
them at the ‘Desecration’ of Colonial Architect and Civil
Engineer John Lee Archer’s magnificent 1831 Penitentiary Chapel.
In early July 2016 approval was granted to
allow the National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) to convert the
last remaining transept of Lee Archer’s beautiful chapel into a
‘video theatre’ as part of their project to make the
Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site into a ‘Post-Mona Museum’.
Three exceptionally large video projectors
are suspended from John Lee Archer's
incredibly beautiful historical timber ceiling beams to project
images onto the Chapel walls which have been repainted white.
24 audio speakers are mounted on and around the beams and the
Chapel interior. All five original 1831 heritage Chapel windows have
frames mounted in them with remote controlled blinds to darken
the chapel during daylight hours.
A film called "Pandemonium" is
projected onto the chapel walls.
Various dictionaries and vocabularies define
'Pandemonium' as Chaos, Total and Utter
Craziness, Wild and Noisy Disorder or Confusion, a Stampede with
people bouncing off each other with everyone just panicking.
As this video is shown in the dark in the
Chapel, with its steep stairs and very restricted access, with
NO EMERGENCY STRIP LIGHTING OR EXIT SIGNS; if there is ever a
power failure, a fire, a medical or any other sort of emergency
during the showing of the film, then the true definition of
Pandemonium, unfortunately and possibly tragically for those
people in the Chapel, will beyond doubt come into effect.
My sincere hope is that sometime soon in the future, coherent
commonsense will triumph and when this project fails, as I and
many others believe it will, there will be a return of Trust by
forward thinking people with a true sense of conserving
Tasmania’s built Heritage and History and not the present ‘Cash
Cow’ mentality which prevails today and the Chapel will be
returned to accurately depict exactly what John Lee Archer
designed it as back in 1831, a Chapel.
Not withstanding the current
2016 abuse to the site, please continue to read about the Site's
amazing Historical and Heritage Significance
Tasmanian Stories -
online some interesting stories regarding an
View the Amazing Tasmanian Geographic
Photospheres of the Site
As seen world wide on
Ghost Hunters International
Events page for scenes of
The First Fagin
filmed in the Historic Site
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A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land
has produced an outstanding large format, brilliantly
illustrated, full colour book which belongs on the book shelves
of every Australian.
The book contains several exceptional illustrations of the
Prisoners Barracks, especially Simon's amazingly accurate
the penitentiary Chapel
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The Voice of Generations
The last brilliant novel by
(twice winner of the Miles
Franklin Award) is partly
enacted in the Historic Supreme Courtroom