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Historical Disasters - Port Arthur Massacre

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 Historical Disasters - Port Arthur Massacre

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About Port Arthur Massacre

On 28 April 1996 a lone gunman armed with a high-powered rifle entered the Port Arthur historic site in Tasmania and began firing randomly, shooting tourists and setting fire to buildings. By the end of the day, Martin Bryant had killed 35 people. Bryant was eventually jailed for life. The Port Arthur massacre led to tougher gun control laws.


Library resources

The following books and journal articles are available to library members on request.  To find more resources in the library collection, download the Port Arthur Massacre bibliography or search the Library Catalogue.


Bingham, M. 1996, Suddenly one Sunday, HarperCollins, Pymble, N.S.W.

Interim report on the Port Arthur incident 1996, Tasmania State Disaster Committee, [Tasmania].

Port Arthur seminar papers: a record of the proceedings of the Port Arthur seminar 11-12 March 1997, Melbourne, Victoria 1997, Emergency Management Australia, Canberra.

Port Arthur: trauma and the counselling response 1996, n.p., Australia.

Port Arthur update 1996, Department of Community and Health, Tasmania

Wetchorn, J. 2001, Surviving Port Arthur: the role of dissociation of psychological trauma and its implications for the process of recovery, University of Tasmania, Hobart.

Journal Articles

Blair, T. 1996, ‘Death in the ruins’, Time Magazine, 13 May, pp.20-27.

Brady, C. 1996, ‘Sunday bloody Sunday’, Police Life, May, pp.4-5.

Easton, G. 1997, ‘Media management and the Port Arthur tragedy’, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Vol.12 No.2, pp.2-4.

Fielding, P. 1998, ‘The early days: a management perspective’, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Vo.13 No.3, pp.9-10.

Harper, J. 1997, ‘Emergency recovery response to the Port Arthur shootings: an operational management perspective’, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Vol.12 No.1, pp.2-4.

Murphy, D. 1996, ‘Terror Australis’, The Bulletin, 7 May, pp.18-21.

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