Caught in flight

 (Flightpathproject visits Tasmania, August 2014)

‘Stone walls do not a prison make/Nor iron bars a cage…’ (from To Althea, from Prison, by Richard Lovelace, 1642)


In Tasmania, in the 1830s, dogs were the most effective way of ensuring the convicts’  incarceration at Port Arthur, blocking the flightpath from the peninsula.

Eagle-eyed dogs guard the Neck

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Eaglehawk Neck is a narrow isthmus connecting the Tasman Peninsula to mainland Tasmania…Locally known as the Neck, the isthmus itself is around 400 metres long and under 30 metres wide at its narrowest point. It forms a natural gateway to the peninsula that was utilised by the British in 1830s, when a line of dogs was chained to posts across the neck to warn of any convicts attempting to escape the prison at Port Arthur…


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images courtesy Robyn Walton

Chained dogs, chained men

Different place, same story: Sam Cooke sings Chain Gang