Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin

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Fannie Bay Gaol provides a sober, but fascinating look at the history of the penal system in the Northwest Territory. Opened in 1883 and running until 1979, this prison housed some notable Australian inmates. See the gallows used in 1952 to hang Jerry Coci and Jonus Novotny, Czechoslovakian immigrants who were the last prisoners that the Australian government executed. Tour the segregated cell blocks for female prisoners and for Aboriginal ones. Stay clear of aggressive nesting birds if you visit in December. Opened in September 1883, Fannie Bay Gaol was Darwin's main prison for almost 100 years until 1979, when prisoners were relocated to the correctional facility located in Berrimah. An infirmary was added in 1887, which contained gallows used up until the last executions held in the Northern Territory in 1952. Male and female prisoners were held in separate buildings from 1928. The female prison block included a small garden designed to keep the prisoners busy. A watch tower, "native section" for Aboriginal prisoners, kitchen mess building, remand section and two maximum security wings were added during the 1950s. Now an important historic site, Fannie Bay Gaol attracts thousands of visitors each year. Free Admission Plan your Fannie Bay Gaol visit and explore what else you can see and do in Darwin using our Darwin trip builder website .
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  • Very interesting and informative. A real insight into how it was . The guide "Norm" was real character and totally set up a great visit. For the price of a gold coin you can't go wrong !  more »
  • This was an eye opening visit of how the jail really was-nothing has changed and it is quite confronting how prisoners lived.It doesn’t take long to walk around and it’s free with plenty of parking an...  more »
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  • Do-at-your-own pace. The staff there are very casual with their opening times. They provided us with umbrellas for shade as it was hot while we were there.
  • Definitely worth a visit, so much history. Prisoners of today should be grateful for what they have, they have offended after all. Maybe should bring back some of the old ways. Just wish there was a collection box to leave my donation in, as desk was unmanned.

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