Date & time
29th of April 2017 at 10:15am
Fremantle Prison 1 The Terrace Fremantle WA 6160
Step back in time to discover the fascinating convict history of Fremantle Prison, Western Australia’s only World Heritage listed building. Find out why almost 10,000 men were transported, how they built their own prison and helped to shape the future of Western Australia.
Join one of our experienced tour guides and step back in time to discover the convict history of Western Australia’s most significant heritage attraction.
Arriving in Fremantle in 1850, the job of the first convicts was to build themselves a prison. Construction of Fremantle Prison began in 1852, and by 1855 convicts had moved into the partially completed main cell block.
The prison operated as a central depot for receiving and housing male convicts and was a site of secondary punishment for re-offenders. Convicts supplied the physical labour needed to build roads, bridges, jetties, lighthouses and other public works in the Swan River Colony. During the 1860s there was liberal use of brutal punishments such as solitary confinement and floggings, and a correspondingly large number of escape attempts.
By the end of convict transportation, in 1868, almost 10,000 men and boys had passed through Fremantle Prison. Discover our history through their stories.
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