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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
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
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