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. Plan your Fannie Bay Gaol visit and explore what else you can see and do in Darwin using our Darwin trip builder website .
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  • A jail is a jail. Port Arthur has more significance and interest . |Apart from the Hnging room there is little to recommend of any interest. Waste of time  more »
  • This was a very interesting place to visit, to see where the prisoners were housed, the kitchen and dinning area and their exercise area, the bath rooms and also where the last one was hung  more »
  • Had a self guided walk around the old jail yards. Very interesting info, unknown to most people. Well worth a look for the info provided.  more »
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  • Met some great, life long tiddah gurls in there ay cuz, 100% would reccommend this place for a nice stay :PPPP
  • Can get very warm within the walls of the prison but still worth a visit for the history
  • Please note that opening times are seasonal: November to April Wednesday & Saturday only 10:00 am to 3:00 pm All other times daily 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Awesome and free!
  • Great place to visit and get an understanding of how prisoners where housed back in the early 1900 hundreds

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