I used to walk past Fremantle Prison almost daily when I lived in Bellevue Terrace, but that is now many years ago, so when I had to go to a meeting in the old Drillhall late yesterday afternoon I went and had a look at the World Heritage listed building and took this photo.
Fremantle people interested in history should go and buy the West Australian today as there is a fascinating article by Ken Acott about historic photos-mug shots-found of convicts.
Seventy-four of them were discovered by the State Record Office, some as old as 130 years-old.
WA became a penal colony in 1850, 21 years after the first British settled in Fremantle and started the Swan River Colony.
The first convicts who arrived here had to build the Fremantle Prison which has now become a major tourist attraction, backpackers and art gallery.
P.S. Not interested in history? Buy the West anyway and read about the GST shambles where our state only gets 34 cents in the dollar. It is an outrage!
Fremantle Prison will be unlocked tomorrow, Tuesday January 24 from 2-6 pm to celebrate 25 years of being open to the public.
Get a FREE sneak peek inside the World Heritage listed old gaol that was built by convicts when the Swan River Colony became a penal colony for England in 1850.
Explore the large main cell block, check out the art exhibition and have a cold drink in the cafe.
Fremantle Prison is holding a community workshop at 6pm on Tuesday February 23 to gather ideas for new uses of the 160-year-old world heritage listed building.
They are thinking about concerts, festivals and even extreme sports, but recognise there might be better left off field ideas they could take up, so if you are keen to participate contact them on: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9336 9205.
The building is already very popular and gets around 200,000 visitors per year. They have been holding art exhibitions and other events and the prison is now also home to a backpackers.