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On April 28, 1996, the relative quiet of Port Arthur in the Tasman Peninsula, roughly 90 minutes by car from the city centre of Hobart in the southern Australian island state of Tasmania, was broken by gunfire. Before day's end, 35 lay dead on the historic grounds of Port Arthur. A Tasmanian named Martin Bryant had etched a trail of blood, firing at shopkeepers, shop assistants, tourists, and whoever else came in his way... Once again, the soil of Port Arthur was bloodied. From the 1830s to the 1870s, this was the place they called “hell on earth”, where the convicts of a past era lived and died.