Woolmers Estate celebrates 200 years

WORLD HERITAGE: Woolmers Estate is one of seven convict-related UNESCO World Heritage sites in Tasmania. Its 200th birthday celebrations will focus on its convict history. Picture: Phillip Biggs
WORLD HERITAGE: Woolmers Estate is one of seven convict-related UNESCO World Heritage sites in Tasmania. Its 200th birthday celebrations will focus on its convict history. Picture: Phillip Biggs

UNESCO World Heritage site Woolmers Estate will kick-off its bicentennial anniversary on Saturday.

The historic Longford site was first opened in 1817 by Thomas Archer, and was built and maintained by convict labour until 1853. 

Woolmers’ convict history will be a prominent theme of the anniversary celebrations, according to event organiser Sue-Ellen Groer.

“At the core of the reunion will be the shared stories that have emerged from the largest forced migration in history,” she said.

The birthday will begin with a number of guest speakers at the newly built Nigel Peck centre at 10.45am, before a bus tour around the region at 1pm.

Sunday will see several convict and homestead tours beginning at 10.45am.