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The gaol was built in 1841 and became home to some 300,000 inmates over the following century and a half until it was closed.

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Adelaide Gaol

The gaol was built in 1841 and became home to some 300,000 inmates over the following century and a half until it was closed.

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Adelaide Gaol

The gaol was built in 1841 and became home to some 300,000 inmates over the following century and a half until it was closed.

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In the early 20th century, Adelaide Gaol was a place of punishment and confinement. It housed many criminals that had been sentenced to imprisonment by a judge or magistrate.

Those cells became a place of desolation for those whose only crime was asking for their rights as humans. The gaol has been abandoned since 1992 but is still frequented by policemen and other law enforcement officials who come to find clues about certain crimes they are investigating.

The first case that the detectives deal with is the murder of a wealthy woman. At the time of her death, the victim was living in a mansion with her husband. The husband was in an accident that left him in a coma. One of the two oldest heritage public buildings in Adelaide.

Adelaide Gaol Tower

The Jail’s Architectural Features

The jail is constructed of bricks, mortar, and concrete. The building is designed by the architectural firm of G.E. Patterson & Co. The architects designed the building in the “U” shape so that the jail would be able to house a maximum of 1,000 inmates.

There are four dormitories on the first floor and two on the second floor. The first floor of the jail is also used as the jail’s dining hall.

There are also three cells on the first floor and two cells on the second floor. The cells on the first floor are used for holding inmates who are being held for minor infractions. The cells on the second floor are used for holding inmates who are being held for more serious crimes.

Life at Adelaide Gaol

The gaol is now a museum run by the South Australian Government. The museum contains many items from the jail’s history.

The walls certainly have a few stories to tell, from the gruesome to the ghostly. Prisoners left behind a fascinating history to uncover from their life behind bars.

You may prefer a more chilling night visit to the Gaol. Ghost Tours offer a unique thrill where you will hear about many of the Gaol’s ghostly and supernatural activities.

The gaol’s final years

Adelaide Gaol is a historic location that is notorious for housing prisoners of war, pirates, murderers and other criminals. It is a tourist attraction that provides visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most horrible past.

Adelaide Gaol was infamous for housing prisoners of war, pirates, murderers and other criminals. Guided tours make the gaol an easily accessible step back in time, and there’s plenty to learn about one of Australia’s most unique former colonies. The South Australian Museum and Adelaide Gaol is two of the absolute ‘must see’ attractions in Adelaide.

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