Whenever we’re in Geelong, there’s always something to see that we haven’t managed to get to previously. Jails are always on our itinerary when we visit a regional town and Geelong Gaol was no exception.
Built in 1853, the Pentonville style Geelong Gaol is Australia’s longest continuously run prison, finally closing in 1991.
Inside the front rooms, a patch of wall showing the remnants of various paint colours used over the years.
Although Ned Kelly was never incarcerated here, there is a good display on the famous Bushranger and replicas of the Kelly Gang’s armour.
...down to the dentist and the morgue...
and outside to the exercise yards.
The building was bought by a private owner in 2019 and is open to the public for tours and events.
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