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Port Arthur Massacre, Tasmania, 1996

Port Arthur Massacre, Tasmania, 1996

On 28 April 1996, 28-year-old Martin Bryant killed 35 people and wounded 23 others in a shooting spree centred on the historic site of Port Arthur near Hobart, Tasmania. The incident remains one of the world’s deadliest shootings committed by a single person.

Bryant’s killing spree began at 11.45am when he arrived at the Seascape guesthouse en route to Port Arthur. Here he killed guesthouse owners, David and Noelene Martin, and took their keys so he could retreat to their property later in the day.

Over the following two hours, Bryant used a variety of semi-automatic, rapid-firing weapons to gun down people in the Port Arthur cafe, gift shop, carpark, tollbooth, surrounding bushland and at a nearby service station. He then returned to the Seascape guesthouse where an 18-hour stand-off ensued with police. Bryant was arrested the following morning when he set the guesthouse alight.

Following the Port Arthur Massacre, Prime Minister John Howard introduced sweeping changes to Australia’s gun laws and implemented a compulsory buy-back scheme for self-loading firearms. Martin Bryant was sentenced to 35 life sentences for the murders as well as 1035 years for related offences. He was placed in solitary confinement at Hobart’s Risdon Prison.
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Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer
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Anti-gun campaigner, 88-year-old Eve Masterman
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Alice Byrne, 5, lying down
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Jim Laycock, the former owner
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The Port Arthur historic site,
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A policewoman sits, distraught, on
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Police outside Broad Arrow Cafe
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Police officers scour for evidence
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Two-year-old Jasmyne Berne, from Devonport,
Walter Mikac, who lost his wife and two children during the Port Arthur massacre, is comforted by family and friends at the Memorial Service for the 35 victims of the shooting in Tasmania, 1 May 1996
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Walter Mikac, who lost his wife and two children during...
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Federal Labor Opposition leader Kim
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