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As part of SA's History Festival 2012, Adelaide Gaol is offering a one-off special discounted rate of $3 entry on Sunday May 27. The normal rate is $13 for adults.

Included in the price will be History Talks and Ghost Talks, the museum and interactive displays, and a mock execution. Activities for children will include face painting, finger printing and mug shots.
Gaol entrance 1971, courtesy State Library of South Australia B23434
Gaol entrance 1971, courtesy State Library of South Australia B23434

When the colony was first founded, prisoners were initially held on HMS Buffalo, then from 1837, chained to a tree in the Botanic Gardens. A temporary wooden lockup was established soon after, near Government House, until severe overcrowding became a problem.
Sketch of Governor and staff (1850), courtesy State Library of South Australia B17790
Sketch of Governor and staff (1850), courtesy State Library of South Australia B17790

After Adelaide Gaol was built in 1841, it was progressively expanded and it remained open continuously until 1988, making it the longest continuously operating prison in Australia. Some 45 prisoners were executed by hanging there in that period, while a further 21 died elsewhere in the State.
The Gaol in 1971, courtesy State Library of South Australia B46172
The Gaol in 1971, courtesy State Library of South Australia B46172

It's estimated that more than 300,000 inmates passed through the Gaol, with an average age of 22 years old, until the 70's when the average age dropped to 19.

After you have seen the Gaol, you may be moved to feel compassion for the prisoners.

It was a very different world then.
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Why? It's spooky, fun, and cheap
When: May 27 2012, 10am-5pm. Last entry 3.30pm
Phone: (08) 8231 4062
Where: Adelaide Gaol 18 Gaol Road Thebarton South Australia 5031
Cost: $3.00
Your Comment
The pointer on the map is incorrect (Google can't find the Gaol from the 'where' description). Gaol road is to the right more, off Port Rd, on the way to the city.
by roger (score: 1|33) 2736 days ago
Thanks for pointing that out Roger, I will get it fixed
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11266) 2736 days ago
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