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Old Geelong Gaol
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ThePacman
S 38° 09.231 E 144° 21.923
55H E 269152 N 5773834
Quick Description: HM Prison Geelong, now known as the Old Geelong Gaol, was a maximum security prison used from 1853 to 1991.
Location: Victoria, Australia
Date Posted: 4/12/2015 4:54:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMNP3G
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
The prison, built of bluestone by prisoners on the corner of Myers Street and Swanston Street in Geelong, was fully completed in 1864. The design was based on the Pentonville Prison in England.

The gaol could accommodate 150 prisoners. A total of six convicts were hanged in Geelong from 1854 to 1865.

The gaol was intended for punishment rather than rehabilitation, and even the most hardened criminals detained here were intimidated by the conditions. The most notable prisoner was Mark "Chopper" Read, who was held here in cell 39 and stated this gaol was the only one he did not want to go back to.

The government closed the gaol in 1991 and the Rotary Club of Geelong now operates it as a public service project.
Many people believe the gaol is haunted, and several ghost tours take place here.
Cnr Myers and Swanston Streets
Geelong, VIC Australia

Open to the public: Yes

Weekends 1pm to 4pm.


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