Richmond Gaol

Richmond, Tasmania, Australia

Constructed in 1825, Richmond Gaol is quite small compared to some of the larger convict prisons (like Port Arthur), yet its history is just as rich. In the 19th century, Richmond was a major police district and featured a church, a courthouse and the gaol; all important buildings in a prison colony town. Many of the convicts who resided at the gaol were responsible for its construction, as well as the Richmond Bridge and other local projects. Visitors to the gaol can read and hear all about the history of the Richmond convicts, as they walk through the different rooms and yards within the gaol’s boundaries. There are also artefacts on display, including uniforms, leg shackles, work tools, a cat o’nine tails whip, and many other forms of punishment for unruly convicts. Reviewer: Catherine Van Bergen

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