Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne

Picture of Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne, Australia

Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne, Australia

The Old Melbourne Gaol opened in 1845 (this wing was built in the 1850s), and was the site of the execution of 135 executions, including that of Ned Kelly.

Architecturally, I’m sure you can see similarities to new wing of Kilmainham Gaol, which is not a coincidence – both were constructed in accordance with the leading theories of Victorian prison reform.Β  (It should be noted that, from the stories of both gaols, ‘Victorian prison reform’ didn’t include such niceties as ‘treating prisoners humanely’.)

24 thoughts on “Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne

  1. Sad place but great picture. Can’t help but think of all the men who survived between these walls, some of them awaiting for their execution. Thanks for your information about Ned Kelly.

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