J Ward Museum Complex, Ararat

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J Ward Museum Complex provides a historical glimpse at the Australian penal system. Starting in 1859 as a jail for miscreants of the local goldfields, J Ward started housing the criminally insane when the gold ran out less than three decades later. Today, you can tour the defunct prison and hear stories about its inmates from local volunteers. A visit provides a break on the Melbourne-Adelaide road, if you're passing between the two cities. Put J Ward Museum Complex at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ararat online trip builder .
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  • vey good tour the people were excellent and the tour was worthwhile , they say it takes an hour but its closer to 2  more »
  • J Ward is a piece of criminal history that is not to be missed. The guides are knowledgeable and informative and weave members of their audience into there stories. Been here twice although years apar...  more »
  • This is an unusual and fascinating look at a part of local and Victorian history. The buildings have been well maintained. The volunteer tour guide, Ron, did a fascinating job of guiding us through th...  more »

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