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Fannie Bay Gaol, Darwin

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Fannie Bay Gaol provides a sober, but fascinating look at the history of the penal system in the Northwest Territory. Opened in 1883 and running until 1979, this prison housed some notable Australian inmates. See the gallows used in 1952 to hang Jerry Coci and Jonus Novotny, Czechoslovakian immigrants who were the last prisoners that the Australian government executed. Tour the segregated cell blocks for female prisoners and for Aboriginal ones. Stay clear of aggressive nesting birds if you visit in December. Before you head to Darwin, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Darwin family vacation planner, to make sure you see all that Darwin has to offer, including Fannie Bay Gaol.
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  • This was a good visit. We had a walk all around the area. The old gallows building was a very thought provoking look at the past.  more »
  • Many of the old building are gone, but the few left standing are very basic prison lifestyle. It shows how tough things were in the late 1800's and early 1900's.  more »
  • We visited the Gaol as a family of 4 adults. Overall it was a very interesting visit. I found the limited information available quite good. Looking forwarded to returning in the future to see the adde...  more »
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  • Historical and well worth a visit, put this on your agenda also this is the first jail that I have heard of during world war 2 sent the prisoners away.
  • Very disappointing. Arrived at 3.30pm on a Saturday and door locked. No hours of operation sign. So much for a place to visit!
  • Great place to visit and get an understanding of how prisoners where housed back in the early 1900 hundreds
  • Free and easy acess. Not open on all days though.
  • History every were.. an eye opener... this place should keep you on the straight and narrow.