Beechworth Gaol

Operated as a gaol from 1860s to about 1920, and then various related purposes until 2004. There's more history on the Wikipedia page and there's a website for the redevelopment project. I've had to split this over multiple posts, but there's a link at the end of each post that goes to the next one...

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Beechworth Gaol – Left wing and outside

Now the left. The first part of this is much the same as the right wing (really!) so I'll we can mostly skip that bit. Now back down stairs and then to the end of the wing I vaguely remember this might have been a suicide-watch cell. Now I really can't remember what the point...

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Beechworth Gaol – Inside

It's a panoptican, except it's not. It's a central hub with two radiating wings. Before checking out the wings, some photos of the "control room" and the rooms behind, or skip them and go straight to the right wing. Through the bottom door There's a information panel on the wall talking about the "Reception Process"....

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Beechworth Gaol – Right wing

There's not much to say along there. It's a two-storey corridor with doors along it That's the gallows from below. You can see the black figure above it in the first photo. Inside a cell. That's a door More doors. The wings were extended in later years, so different building materials. Heading upstairs. There's not a...

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Beechworth Gaol – On the way out

This was the cemetery. Now two yellow lines. The left one goes back inside, just behind the "control room" and and the right line goes--oh dear--back to the entrance courtyard. xx And the way out! Before leaving, a look at one of the towers. Now you can go 🙂 Contents Inside. Right wing. Left wing...

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George Town Watch House

George Town Watch House, built 1840s.  (Better photo of front.) Numbers are a guide to the location/direction of the corresponding mimages (the number are to the right of the thumb nails). Room marked as "watch house" on the plan is now the entry & gift shop. The two rooms on the right have been combined...

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Melbourne Gaol

Originally posted This is the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience. Russell Street used to be the location of the gaol, the magistrate's court, the city watch house and police headquarters, all of which have moved on. The first part of the gaol was built in 1841, but quickly became overcrowded so a new...

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Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart: Part 2

This is a continuation of Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart: Part 1 In the second part, we look at the other side of the building. Note the building on the left that looks like a two-storey house, the very enclosed yard and the cut-off wall on the right. First though, a wonky plan 🙂 It helped me...

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Penitentiary Chapel, Hobart: Part 1

That is place it was built as a chapel and later used as a courthouse. There are a lot of photos, so I am breaking this into two posts. The second part is here. Now it's owned by the National Trust. Have Trust Membership, Will Use. (Home Hill is a NT property too.)

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Richmond Gaol

Richmond Gaol was built in Tasmania in the 1820s as part of Governor Arthur's reform of the convict system. In one of the rooms is a model of the buildings as they are now, so I'm borrowing that to show everything in relation to everything else. 1 Entrance 2 Courtyard 3 Original gaol building 4...

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