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Old Melbourne Gaol

Russell Street MELBOURNE

The Old Melbourne Gaol is a vivid and stark reminder of the 19th Century prison life. Only one cell block remains of the original complex, built approximately 150 years ago. The gaol opened in 1845 and closed in 1929, and was the site of 135 executions, including the infamous Ned Kelly. Since closing in 1929 the Gaol has been used as a police storage facility and military detention centre during WWII.

Our Collection

Three particular features of our collection are an original suit of Kelly Gang armour, Ned Kelly's death mask and Ned Kelly's pistol. The gaol also house a large number of artefacts. Of particular interest is the "Particulars of Executions" book and the Hangman's Box. Most of our collection is either original to the gaol, the era, or an inmate.

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