THE OLD MELBOURNE GAOL
15 Aug Discover the history of Victoria's Old Melbourne Gaol, the prison which was once home to Ned Kelly, Squizzy Taylor and Jack the Ripper. Construction on Melbourne's first permanent gaol began in on Collins Street West; however, the area was deemed too small and a second gaol was built on. The Old Melbourne Gaol is a vivid and stark reminder of the 19th Century prison life. Only one cell block remains of the original complex, built approximately years ago. The gaol opened in and closed in , and was the site of executions, including the infamous Ned Kelly. Since closing in the Gaol has . Built in , the Old Melbourne Gaol once loomed over the city, taking in any and all comers from lazy children to murderous vigilantes. This historic prison was the site of over hangings including that of famed criminal Ned Kelly, whose death mask, along with those of others hanged at the site, still sits in the museum.
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A Ghost Story! @ The Old Melbourne Gaol
Two whalers were murdered by the group, for which Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were hanged, despite the defence of Redmond Barry. Most of the Melbourne population turned out to watch as the two men slowly strangled to death in a bungled hanging. This clash between cultures led to five of the first nine executions in Victoria being of Aboriginal men. A second cellblock was not completed until This new cellblock had a modern, progressive design.
It included innovations such as good ventilation, a clean water supply, a food hoist, adequate exercise yards and the use of steam in the bath-house, wash-house and kitchen. By late an identical replica of the second cellblock was completed, running from the west end of the second cellblock. This new cellblock was for female prisoners and mostly staffed by female warders. Previously men, women and children had all been housed together in the same cellblock although the sexes were kept apart as much as possible.
Conditions for women and children were degrading and often dangerous.
History | Old Melbourne Gaol
Some very young children were incarcerated in the Gaol for their own safety as a refuge while many children were imprisoned in the adult prison for offences such as theft. After a frantic eighteen months on the run and a controversial trial, bushranger Ned Kelly was hanged on the Gaol gallows on 11 November, His execution had started an intriguing sequence of events that has kept the Kelly legend alive.
Immediately after his death public order was threatened in Melbourne and beyond; a major inquiry was held into the police and their actions; body parts were supposedly souvenired when Kelly was disinterred in ; and what was thought to be his skull was stolen from the Gaol in Opened in on the site of the original cellblock of the Melbourne Gaol, the City Watch House provided Victoria Police with a charging and custodial facility.
The Watch house soon gained a reputation for being a tough, uncompromising place. It was designed as a short-term lockup for those who had been charged with a criminal offence, arrested on warrant or been drunk in a public place.
Although closed inthe Gaol was not decommissioned until In the Exercise Yard the bodies of executed prisoners were dug up and removed from the cemetery. Public onlookers rushed into the graves and souvenired the bones they thought belonged to Ned Kelly.
The gallows, where prisoners were hanged are still in place at the gaol. Atlas Obscura is organizing trips! Kelly, dressed in a home-made plate metal armour and helmet, was captured and sent to gaol. Conditions for women and children were degrading and often dangerous.
A skull was removed from the same coffin by a contractor. The bodies were reburied in mass graves at Pentridge Prison inwhere they remained undiscovered until The remains of others were reinterred on the Pentridge site. It appears that conditions in the Gaol at that time were not much different from those experienced by prisoners in the nineteenth century.
Detmers famously complained that conditions in the Gaol contravened the Geneva Convention. The National Trust opened the Old Melbourne Gaol as a penal museum in and displayed as a prized exhibit the skull believed to belong to Ned Kelly.
This skull was stolen from the Gaol in and not recovered until At this time, a DNA check of a tooth belonging to this skull proved beyond doubt that the skull did not belong to Kelly. Disclaimer Privacy Statement Accessibility Statement. National Trust of Australia — Victoria. All images copyright National Trust unless otherwise stated.
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