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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  • August 8, 2017
    Fanny Bay Gaol was interesting - well sign-posted and easy to take a self conducted tour - our tour guide should have been removed and someone who was actually interested in Darwin take over - she was...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The staff are friendly and helpful and the majority of the goal is accessible. Throughout the grounds and buildings there are some very interesting information boards. The area is well maintained and ...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    A fascinating insight into earlier-days prisons. The open-air kitchens contrast with the gloomy cells. The last hanging from capital punishment days was here in the gallows room with lots of interesti...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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