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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  • This is such an interesting place to visit, and was in very recent history. For a gold coin donation you can see a variety of buildings from different eras. The goal closed around 1985 and housed all ...  more »
  • While this museum is still under development, there remains plenty to take in. Can get the feel for the conditions experienced by in mates. Has an interesting history. All self guided at own pace.  more »
  • What a terrible place to have been locked up!!! The inmates housed here did it tough, take yourself on a step back in time and put yourself in the shoes of the inmates, some of whom were incarcerated ...  more »
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  • Gold coin donation to get in which is nothing, helps towards current reno. Great piece of NT history. Helpful guy at front to give you a rundown on the place. Cells would have looked good if set up like they were in the day.. like Alcatraz.
  • What an amazing piece of NT history. Take your time to wander around and "feel" the atmosphere
  • Well worth checking out. A bit creepy in areas but that only adds to the nostalgia of the visit.
  • Great piece of history. Is currently getting updated so some parts might be shut. Well worth checking out
  • Spooky, catch the number 4 or 6 buses to get here. Not sure about news Gaol entry fees!
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