We visit Fremantle Gaol
By Judy Evans
May 16, 2022 4:22am CST
My husband and I went on a bus trip today with members of a Probus club. We don’t belong to Probus but we helped make up the numbers they needed so the tour could go ahead. Firstly, we stopped at a lovely park to have morning tea. Across the Swan River in the top left-hand photo you can see the skyline of the city of Perth, Western Australia. From there, we drove to the old Fremantle Gaol where we had a guided tour of this World Heritage site. The gaol was built by convict labour. The first of the almost 10,000 male convicts arrived in 1850 and their first task was to build their own home. It operated continuously as a place of incarceration and punishment for 136 years. From the outside, the gate-house and façade are very imposing. However, the beautiful wrought-iron gates are now too narrow and low for some modern service vehicles such as fire-engines.
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Glad that you could add up to the number to make this trip possible for everyone . Such a magnificent beauty are these old constructions. But it makes me feel sad that these were used to punish people and take away their freedom... freedom is the most beautiful aspect of any life.
@judyev A good bit of history. Belfast’s old gaol is now a visitor attraction but I have no interest in visiting. I used to visit inmates in a professional capacity and it was a thoroughly miserable experience each time. Water seeped from the walls and the layout was designed to disorient.