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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The gaol was quite an interesting place to visit. It was free, or you could provide a donation. The lady at the entrance was really nice and helpful and told us the best way to walk around the... more »
I was here to view Behind the Wire and it's free... wow the talent of these artists... a must-see if you are in Darwin and it's showing. The history of this place is wonderful, a real eye-opener. more »
Great stepping back in time to see how the correctional system housed inmates. Informative and very interesting museum. Free and fabulous!
The Behind the Wire Art Exhibition is being held at the Fannie Bay Gaol until 23 August 2019. The paintings are of a high standard and are for sale. It is a perfect venue to showcase the paintings.
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