The Old Melbourne Gaol was constructed in 1845. When gold was discovered in 1851, law and order plummeted. A second cell block erected was erected in 1858. Australia’s notorious criminals spent time within those walls, while the gallows bore witness to 133 hangings. It allows for an interesting look into the guard rooms, phrenology, hangman’s trade, as well as experiences of women and children in the gaol. The Police Watch House hosts a ‘role playing’ tour where one is supposedly arrested and locked up for an opportunity to view the cells and the male and female exercise yards up close.
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