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Old Geelong Gaol
Old Ghan Historical Railway
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Old Government House, Brisbane
Old Highercombe Hotel Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol
Old Mill, South Perth
Old Perth Observatory
Old Police Station Museum & Courthouse, Clare
Old Post Office Museum, Mornington
Old School Museum - Myrtleford
Old Treasury Building
Omeo Historical Society
Omeo Justice Precinct
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Orbost and District Historical Society Inc
Orbost Museum
Orroroo Historical Society
Orroroo Historical Society Museum
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Oxley Museum


Old Geelong Gaol
Information: The Geelong Gaol was first occupied in 1853 after construction began in 1849 and was finally complete in 1864. Its design was based on the English Pentonville Prison and it was built by convicts who were housed in hulks moored in Corio Bay. The Geelong Gaol was operated as a high security prison until being decommission in July, 1991. Little has changed at Geelong Gaol since it's closure. There are a few extras, including a gallows exhibit recreating the gaol's 1863 hanging of James Murphy, convicted of battering Constable Daniel O'Boyle to death at the Warrnambool Court House. He was the first of many prisoners to be executed at the gaol. Other exhibits include a period style cell, two 'Loss of Privelege' cells, and cell 47, where a prisoner painted a 'Window of Freedom' on the wall. There is a watchtower open to the public which looks over the cells and parade ground, the doctor's surgery, the tailor shop, and the recreation room with its murals. The gaol is now operated by the Rotary Club of Geelong. Open Saturdays, Sundays and daily during public and school holidays from 1pm to 4pm. Guided Tours and souvenirs are available.
Phone: 03 5221 8292

Corner of Myers and Swanston St
Geelong VIC 3220



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