About Peter MacFie

Historian and Musicologist

Peter MacFie is a sixth-generation Tasmanian with 30 years’ experience as a public historian, including eight years as the resident historian at Port Arthur Historic Site from 1983-91.

Since 2004 Peter has written books plus tour and trail guides for local governments and businesses, appeared on radio and delivered a paper on musicology at Cambridge University, UK.


Family Stories


Areas of Special Interest

  • Colonial life: craftsmen, tradesmen, artists
  • Land use: farming, gardens, forestry, mining, conservation
  • Convict period and related sites (especially Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula)
  • Convict subcultures: gangs, bushrangers, musicians
  • Military history: Colonial era, World Wars I and II
  • Social history: colonial towns, immigration, communities


Peter offers a range of services to fellow history professionals as well as history enthusiasts.

  • Historical Guides and Excursions
  • Professional plannning for self-guided tours
  • Talks
  • Personalised walking tours of Richmond, Tasmania
  • Guided tours of Tasmanian historic towns, convict stations, cemeteries, forestry and conservation issues
  • Music performances arranged

Contact here to discuss requirements