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New video celebrates Cockatoo Island's convict heritage

Today, being World Heritage Day (18 April), it is timely to highlight Cockatoo Island's Convict Site, which includes Fitzroy Dock – the only remaining example, nationally, of a dry dock constructed by convicts.

In 2010, the site was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List together with 10 other historically significant convict sites. Collectively known as the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, these sites tell a story of exile from one side of the world to the other and how a new nation was formed from hardship, inequality and adversity.

To celebrate World Heritage Day, the Australian Convict Sites Steering Committee have revealed a brand new video showcasing the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, which includes Cockatoo Island's Convict Site. You can view the video here:

Further information...

To learn more, visit australianconvictsites.org.au. Meanwhile, to learn more about the island's significant place in Australia's convict narrative, head to our Convict Era webpage.

Feel like seeing some of Cockatoo Island’s convict era landmarks up close? Take advantage of Google Street View to check out Fitzroy Dock, the Mess Hall and Courtyard, Guardhouse and Solitary Confinement Cells.