We visit Fremantle Gaol

@JudyEv (278971)
Rockingham, Australia
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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• China
16 May
It was a worthwhile bus trip ! The gaol looks ghastly and bloodcurdling.
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
There would have been some very miserable people in there from time to time.
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@LadyDuck (394547)
• Switzerland
16 May
It is an impressive buildings. Those old prisons give me a sense of sadness. I never went to visit.
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
Fair enough. It would have been awful in its time.
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@LadyDuck (394547)
• Switzerland
16 May
@JudyEv - This is what I was thinking even looking at Alcatraz and St.Quentin.
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 May
@LadyDuck There were some very inhumane practices there.
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@moonandstars (59449)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
17 May
don't like prison places but it looks neat, from the outside
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
18 May
It has recently had a face-lift and been cleaned. There are also plans to spend a lot more money on doing it up.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
20 May
@JudyEv that is good. i like educational things
@oahuwriter (23576)
• United States
16 May
So now the old prison is a historical place?
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 May
Yes, it hasn't been used as a prison for quite some years.
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@oahuwriter (23576)
• United States
18 May
@JudyEv Interesting. Glad you're having a nice time!
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@arunima25 (74248)
• Bangalore, India
16 May
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.
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
I agree. No matter how lovely the building, it wouldn't make up for being confined.
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@arunima25 (74248)
• Bangalore, India
17 May
@JudyEv Yes.
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@DaddyEvil (82160)
• United States
16 May
And they actually let you and Vince leave after the tour? WOW!
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
We kept our heads down and our mouths shut!
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@DaddyEvil (82160)
• United States
16 May
@JudyEv Whatever you had to do, I'm glad it worked.
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@Gillygirl (47091)
• Sutton, England
16 May
It looks impressive. What is it used for nowadays?
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
Because it is now a Heritage site, a lot of money has been allocated so it can be renovated. They intend to hold events and concerts in part of it and they do have a lot of tourists pass through each year.
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@Gillygirl (47091)
• Sutton, England
16 May
@JudyEv It would be a good venue for concerts
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17 May
great trip Judy. Your description of Perth was also lovely
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 May
Thanks. Sometimes you live in a place for a long time but don't investigate all it has to offer.
@FourWalls (44063)
• United States
16 May
Wow, that is amazing. So happy you got to join that fascinating tour!!!
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 May
We really enjoyed our day. Nice to sit back and know everything is taken care of.
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@wolfgirl569 (56325)
• Marion, Ohio
16 May
Lovely view in that first picture
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
17 May
Our Swan River is wide and clean and gets a lot of use. We're lucky to have it I guess.
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@LindaOHio (96084)
• United States
16 May
Looks like an interesting place to visit. Have a good day and a good week.
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
Thanks. I did find it interesting but there would have been some terrible things that happened there.
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@xFiacre (10590)
• Ireland
16 May
@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.
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
It's pretty depressing and saddening really. I'm sure it would be incredibly worse if someone you were acquainted with was incarcerated there.
@JordanLader (3970)
16 May
It sounds like it was a nice trip :)
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
The weather was great and we just had to sit back and be ferried around so it was a nice trip. Thanks.
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@Kandae11 (45651)
16 May
Is it still in use?
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
No, prisoners are kept in another jail now.
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@Morleyhunt (21784)
• Canada
16 May
That’s quite an impressive building. Locally I’ve done one Jail tour….it’s an old , now defunct jail used as a Bed and Breakfast. Very stark accommodation. Somewhere I have some photos.
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@JudyEv (278971)
• Rockingham, Australia
16 May
Sandstone makes for lovely buildings. They are spending a lot of money doing the buildings up.
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• United States
18 May
Your bus trip sounds very interesting along with the history of prison, etc. I can't even begin to imagine how it must have felt to be a prisoner there let alone be part of the labor who had to build it.