Fannie Bay Gaol is rich in social history and considered one of the Territory’s most important heritage sites. Fannie Bay Gaol operated as Her Majesty’s Gaol and Labour Prison in Darwin from 20 September 1883 until 1 September 1979. Children particularly will be amazed at the enforced hardship on display here compared to modern prisons.
The original building comprises Blocks A and B containing six cells, and a kitchen and a wash house. The Infirmary was added in 1887 and contains the gallows installed for the last executions held in the Territory in 1952. Exploration is self guided so you can let the kids lead where their interest draw them.
A separate cell block for female prisoners was added in 1928, and a watch tower, “native section” for Aboriginal prisoners, kitchen mess building, remand section and two maximum security wings were added during the 1950s. Some really vital concepts are introduced in this trip.