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By Carol Altmann

A decade on, journalist Carol Altmann seems to be at how the folk, where, the killer, and the entire kingdom has replaced because the awful bloodbath at one among Australia's such a lot notorious historical landmarks.

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Ian then returned to where Brigid lay near the sentry box and stayed with her until it was safe for her to be moved. A group of young Port Arthur workers, terrified by what they had seen, had run down from the café to gather around Brigid for comfort and Brigid, despite her own pain, spoke to them calmly, gently explaining where they could find tea towels, biscuits and sweets in the kitchen to help care for the shocked and wounded. ’ Brigid, unable to walk, was carried from the sentry box to the verandah of the Broad Arrow Café, where local doctors Pam and Steve Ireland were administering shots of morphine to the wounded.

It was only when the firing had stopped that he was able to return to his friend, place a hand on his chest and realise he was dead. As the tourists dispersed, Brigid also managed to take refuge near the buses. Bryant, having emerged from the café, was wandering towards the car park, taking pot shots as he moved. A voice shouted, ‘There he is’ and Brigid, again acting on instinct, looked out from behind the bulk of the buses. Wearing her brilliant white chefs shirt, Brigid was a clear target. A single bullet burrowed through the top of her right leg and passed through into the left, where it remained lodged.

Suddenly Bryant burst from the building, his clothes on fire, and disappeared around a corner. A few seconds later he reappeared naked, having stripped himself of the flaming clothes, and dropped to his knees on the lawn. Police moved in swiftly, handcuffing his legs and wrists and dragging him to a waiting vehicle. The burning cottage continued to crackle and crumble behind them. On 7 November 1996, after initially pleading not guilty to all charges, Martin Bryant changed his plea to one of guilty on all counts.

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