Dog Line Memorial, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.
Dog Line Memorial, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia. Escapes from Port Arthur Penal Station motivated an effective line of up to 18 chained dogs with kennels and four foot high lamps to assist sentries along narrow Eaglehawk Neck of the Tasman Peninsula from 1832-1877. Two or three dog platforms in the sea warned of convicts attempting to wade around the line. Dogs were chained far enough apart not to attack one another, but close enough to attack a person walking through. Hungry mastiff dogs kept on the chains for years became very savage. Penal transportation to Australia from Britain/Ireland occurred 1787-1868 to rid overcrowded prisons of undesirables. In these difficult Dickensian times, inhumane death penalty laws of the “Bloody Code” were falling out of favor for minor offenses and small crimes, and prison populations were swelling in London. Port Arthur is a small town and former English prison from 1830-1877 on the Tasman Peninsula, 60 km southeast of Hobart, Tasmania. Port Arthur Historic Site was honored in 2010 as part of the Australian Convict Sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download