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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
Address:

Corner of Myers and Swanston St
Geelong VIC 3220

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