Old Melbourne Gaol
Crime & Justice Experience
Old Melbourne Gaol was established in 1841 and remains a fabulous insight into Melbourne's historical past. The jail was the setting for 133 hangings, most famously that of Ned Kelly in 1880.
377 Russell Street (map) Melbourne.
Transport: Train to Melbourne Central Station & City Circle Tram
Home to Melbourne's oldest prison,
historic Magistrate's Court and former Police City Watch
House, Russell Street has been the heart of crime, law
and order in Melbourne since the 1840's.
The chilling environment of the Old Melbourne Gaol exhibits a unique collection of death masks, and
exhibition on the 'Art of Hanging', a unique display not
to be missed.
Old Melbourne Gaol, Crime & Justice Experience is operated by the
National Trust of Australia (Victoria). The National Trust is
Australia's largest community conservation organisation:
its aim to conserve Australia's heritage for future
Old Melbourne Gaol Day Open Hours
The Old Melbourne Gaol is open 9.30am to 5.00pm daily, (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday).
Visitors should allow between 45 minutes and one hour for their self-guided tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol.
Watch House arresting experiences run regularly throughout the day, allow an additional 30 minutes for
a self-guided tour.
Children $13.50 (5-15 years)
Family $55.00 (2 Adults + 4 Children)
$40.00 Single Family (1 Adult plus 2 children
under the age of 15 years)
$5.00 + Additional Child
National Trust Members $FOC
Various prices & tours
View full details & prices online
Two Attraction Combo Pass
Visit two of Melbourne's best attractions - the
Polly Woodside Tall ship and the Old Melbourne
Gaol - and save $21
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Bookings – call (03) 8663 7228
* Free Entry with
Melbourne Smartvisit™ Card
A private performance can be arranged for school, social
or corporate groups. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
Tram - Catch any St Kilda Road and Swanston Walk tram on
routes 01, 03, 05, 06, 08, 16, 22, 64, 67 and 72 and
walk to Russell Street between Victoria and La Trobe or
catch La Trobe Street services route 30 or the free City
Circle tourist tram.
Location Map ::
Picture Gallery ::
Short History of Gaol
Old Melbourne Gaol Night Tours
the Gaol after dark
Ghosts? What Ghosts?! Night Tour
This Gaol is a grim place. It has a dark history.
Stories abound of an unexplainable presence. Over many
years, these stories come from visitors and staff alike.
None have been proved. Many are
compelling...‘GHOSTS...WHAT GHOSTS?’ Join this night
tour at the Old Melbourne Gaol—if you dare!
7:30pm - Tuesdays.
6:15pm (Family Tour) and 7:45pm on Thursdays during
or contact the Bookings Team on +61 3 8663 7228.
Hangman’s Night Tours
What stories would a hangman tell you if he was guiding
you around the Gaol, where he was the master of the
rope? What other stories from the dark side will find
their way into this performance? Book the Hangman's
Night Tour and find out..... if you're game?
Generally held 4 times a week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday
and Saturday nights
Tours commence at 8:30pm in Summer and 7:30pm in winter.
Book early to avoid disappointment.
Tickets are $35 for Adults, $30 for concession.
uch a Life |
The Ned Kelly Story
Performances every Saturday 12.30 pm and 2 pm.
The Old Melbourne Gaol strives to support the vision of
the National Trust of Australia through the preservation
of the site for the community at large. We strive to
position the OMG as an important historic site for all
visitors to Melbourne. The Old Melbourne Gaol seeks to
offer an imaginative blend of interpretive methods to
present a unique, authentic, educational and
entertaining interpretation of Victoria’s penal history
and other areas of the Old Melbourne Gaol from
Suit of Kelly Gang armour
Ned Kelly’s colt revolver
Ned Kelly’s death mask
Some death masks of executed criminals
Prison associated artifacts
Melbourne Gaol (more commonly known as The Old Melbourne
Gaol) is located in Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia. It consists of a bluestone building and
courtyard and is located next to the old City Police
Station and City Courts buildings (both now occupied by
the RMIT University).
Built in 1864 the gaol was the setting for 135 hangings,
the most infamous being that of bushranger Ned Kelly in
1880. The jail was closed in 1926.
The building is currently a museum; it is rich in
history and atmosphere, drawing thousands of tourists
annually. The Gaol is open every day except Good Friday
and Christmas, 9:30am-5:00pm. Special candlelight night
tours can also be arranged and enhance the already
spooky environment of the Gaol - reports of strange
sights and sounds occur more often at night.
Melbourne Gaol is Victoria's oldest surviving penal
establishment. It currently exhibits 19th century gaol
life, including the death masks and memorabilia of some
of Melbourne's most notorious criminals.
Thieves stole the head of Ned Kelly in 1978. It has
never been recovered.
accessibility.com.au - the disability information
There is level access to reception. There are 3
levels, of which only the ground floor is accessible.
Stairs access all levels. There is no wheelchair access
to the cells.
Hang 'em high
Old Melbourne Gaol is a bleak setting but an interesting
attraction nonetheless. It was the scene of 135
hangings, including that of Australia's most famous
outlaw, Ned Kelly (Kelly's armour and death mask are on
This is not an ghost tour for the faint hearted!. In
small groups, you will be placed in a number of cells in
the old Melbourne Goal where you will be left to your
own devices to use the ghost hunting equipment and
conduct your own paranormal investigations. Cell doors
will be closed and the lights will be turned off while
you try and the answer that mysterious question 'Are
Ghosts Real?' (don't worry we are only a scream away if
you get too scared).
Old Melbourne Gaol
The Old Melbourne Gaol is Victoria’s oldest surviving
prison and until it closed in 1929, housed Victoria’s
most hardened criminals. It’s also where Victoria’s
infamous bushranger Ned Kelly finally met his match.
City of Melbourne - The Old Melbourne Gaol
The Old Melbourne Gaol is a chilling environment for
studies of 19th century prison life. As Victoria’s
oldest surviving remand prison, the Gaol has links with
some of Australia’s most significant historical moments,
including the Gold Rush, the Eureka Stockade Rebellion
and the Second World War.
Australian Heritage Database
The Old Melbourne Gaol, built in stages between 1852 and
1864 by the Public Works Department, is of outstanding
national historical significance. The Old Melbourne Gaol
complex is historically and architecturally significant
as one of the early gaols in Australia built using
up-to-date gaol principles, and is the oldest surviving
penal establishment in Victoria.
The Age home > 150th > snapshot of the age
Author: Shane Maloney.
Source: The Age.
Date: 26 Feb 2001
One of Melbourne's best-concealed 19th century tunnels
was dug by inmates of the Old Melbourne Gaol in the
1870s. Using only lead spoons and the handle from a
cat-o'-nine-tails, a gang of convicts spent almost a
decade excavating beneath the gaol walls, under Eastern
Hill and down into Collingwood.
AUS-VIC-L Archives: RootsWeb: AUS-VIC-L Archives
Prisoners Old Melbourne Gaol 1 - 5 by Elaine Murphy.
Ned Kelly - Melbourne Gaol's most
Melbourne Gaol - ...a place in the Kelly Gang story
Importance of Melbourne Gaol Ned Kelly was hung in the
Melbourne Gaol, his mother was a prisoner in the same
gaol at the time.
Anniversary service to spotlight Ned's neglected
Today marks the 125th anniversary of the execution of
Ned Kelly at the Old Melbourne Gaol, and former prison
chaplain Fr Peter Norden has organised a commemorative
service that is taking place at 9:00 am this morning in
the Old Melbourne Gaol.
After 125 years, Ned Kelly’s gravesite remains
unrecognized and neglected
“They need to ensure that the commercial property
developers of the former Pentridge Prison site fulfill
one of the conditions of sale and build a memorial
recognizing the burial ground of those executed at
Pentridge and those executed at the Melbourne Gaol,
whose remains were moved to that site back in 1929”,
said Father Peter Norden.
Ned Kelly Touring Route
Ned Kelly was executed at the Gaol on 11 November 1880,
aged 25. Shortly before his death, Kelly reportedly
uttered the famous words "Such is life".
Old Melbourne Gaol's most famous inmate - Ned Kelly
Ned was brought to the Melbourne Gaol on June 29 1880
from Benalla, where he had spent a night in the cells
after capture at Glenrowan.
Ghosts at the Old Melbourne Gaol
Tuesday, 8 February 2005.
Reporter: Florenz Ronn
The old gaol would be an incredibly suggestive and
evocative place, so that just by going through the door
you'd feel as if surrounded by ghosts.
Castle of Spirits.com
One of Australia's Most Haunted Sites -
OLD MELBOURNE GAOL.
Visited briefly by the Australian Ghost Hunters Society
(AGHS) November 2001.
Australian Sound Design Project
Gaol Piece: The Architecture of Silence (19 November
Location: Old Melbourne Gaol, Victoria, Australia
Performance devised and directed by Simon Crosbie.
A sound performance involving 104 participants (the same
number as executed at the gaol) acting as "sound makers"
who generate sounds on the metal stairs, cells and
doors. These "mass" sounds combine with musical elements
that explore the gaol's connection to the Irish
prisoners it once housed, referencing keening (Irish
ritual mourning) and Irish musical strains. Silence
plays an important role as the Old Melbourne Gaol was
based largely on the Pentonville system in England which
recognized silence as a suitable means of rehabilitating
the criminal mind.
Ghosts act up at the Old Melbourne Gaol
Presenter: Helena Webb
Wednesday, 19 May 2004.
Not only Ned Kelly's ghost roams these corridors. Dead
women crying for help and footsteps at the door are part
of the atmosphere at the old goal where Ned Kelly was
Old Melbourne Gaol to house new RMIT Spiritual Centre
December 03, 2002 -
The RMIT Spiritual Centre provides RMIT students and
staff and the wider community with a dedicated area
where they can explore their sense of spirituality
through religion, art, music or self-reflection. The
centre will also be the venue for a range of spiritual
and cultural events.
The new centre is housed in the building that contained
the Old Chapel of the Old Melbourne Gaol on Russell
Street in the city.
The Haunted Melbourne Ghost
Old Melbourne Gaol. Ned Kelly The place where the famous
bushranger Ned Kelly
was hanged in 1888, this place is one of sorrow and
Old Melbourne Gaol Performances Presented by National
Trust Victoria Old Melbourne
Gaol Performances. This is a unique opportunity to
explore the imposing.
Why GAOL and not JAIL??
Australia uses British spelling for
most common terms like the word gaol.
From Middle English jaiole (from Old
French) and from Middle English gaiol, gaol (from Old
North French gaiole), both from Vulgar Latin *gaviola,
from Latin *caveola, diminutive of cavea, cage, hollow.
'Jail' is not an American spelling. Both
spellings existed in Middle English and reflect
different entry points for the same word. 'Gaol' is, in
all cases, everywhere' in the world, relegated to proper
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Short History of Gaol