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.
3 Original gaol building
4 Men's solitary
5 Smaller courtyard
7 Women's solitary
8 Women's room
9 Gaoler's house
Entrance: through here is short hall with the turnkey's room and receiving room on either side (now a giftshop and another locked room). The door at the other end of the passage opens onto the central courtyard
There's a central hall, with two rooms on either side and a punishment cell at the end (visible here). From the Parks & Wildlife site:
The first wing, designed by David Lambe, consisted of four men’s cells, one women’s sleeping cell, a javelin’s room, lobby, prisoners’ room, keeper’s room with cellar beneath, passages and entrance hall. It was enclosed by a high paling fence.
Later, the prisoners slept in the front two rooms of this building, and the back two were the day rooms.
On the wall there is a list of 19 regulations.
The contents of the horizontal display case. The reflections were bad in this room so the labels are out of focus, but it's the usual stuff -- locks, leg irons and the things at the top are handcuffs/manacles.
The other back room has a display case with personal items in it. The information panel is about escape attempts.
An interesting feature of this room is the draught boards carved into the floor. Very hard to make up though, despite the frames put around them. (I seem to remember them being clearer from earlier visits, but that's something like 15 years ago.) I tried various tricks with the camera -- different angles, flash from the side and this was the only one that shows up anything.
There are two existing rows of these (8 left from 12). The "inner cells", through that door you can just see, are darker.
Just in case you ever wondered what a bread trough was.
Women's solitary cells. This section is interesting because for all the leftovers about the state from the convict area, there is very little related to women -- the bit at Ross, the walls at Cascades and a single cottage from the Brickfields, in North Hobart is it, I think it.
The women's room is actually two rooms, this being the smaller one. Some of the women here were being held as punishment for various offences (drunk & disorderly or disorderly conduct were common), or passing through on their way to Cascades female factory for reassignment. I seem to recall from an earlier visit it also doubled as a laying-in room for pregnant women.
The other room is the larger room, but as I entered, a huge group of tourists come out of the entrance hallway and ALL headed for this room. I had 25 minutes before I had to be back at the bus, so I had a choice: wait for them to move on, or go and have a quick look at the rest of the town. I did want to get some photos of the bridge, so I left.
The bottom floor has the javelin men's room (on the right), a large storeroom and three what I think are cells at the back. Upstairs are two rooms and a closet. Photo of front of house.