Adelaide Gaol History Day | Thebarton | 21 May 2023

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History Day at Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide Gaol’s annual History Day is back! And this year you can immerse yourself in the captivating stories of the female felons who once resided within the haunting walls of Adelaide Gaol.

From a fortune teller to the most incarcerated individual in the state’s history, prepare to be transported back to a time where women were sent to gaol for their profession.

Bring your headphones and immerse yourself in the newly released Elizabeth Woolcock audio tour, a gripping narrative that will accompany you through the final footsteps of the only woman to be executed at the site.

There will be lawn games for the kids to enjoy and local authors throughout the Gaol for book signings and sales. Plus the Mugshot Canteen will be serving hot pastries, sandwiches, freshly baked goods and a variety of snacks.

And the best bit? Entry is only $5.60 per person.

Before you leave, don’t forget to explore the Gaol’s gift shop, where you can find unique mementoes such as the exclusive 1841 Heritage slate tiles.

Please note on-site parking is limited (two tram stops are conveniently located nearby for easy access via public transport) and online booking is essential.


What Else to See and Do:

After you’ve checked out the records, explore further afield to learn more about this iconic site and the prisoners that were kept there.

Find out what landed them behind bars, the realities of prison life, and the ways they tried to escape.

Walk through the cells, around the exercise yard and into the hanging tower, or look at the official documents and artefacts of the prisoners and guards, such as mug shots and uniforms.

About the Adelaide Gaol

Built in 1841, Adelaide Gaol is one of the state’s two oldest public buildings, a title it shares with Government House (1839) on North Terrace.

The gaol finally closed its doors in 1988 when the last inmates were transferred to other institutions.

It had operated for 147 years, hosting more than 300,000 prisoners – and executing 45 of them.

Now the gaol is one of Adelaide’s most popular heritage attractions, with self-guided tours available seven days a week, as well as guided historical tours for groups and schools, and ghost tours.

Interested in South Australia’s rich history? Read our stories to learn about our naval history, River Murray shipwrecks, and built heritage captured in pictures.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the SA History Festival website.

What:  History Day at Adelaide Gaol

When:   Sunday 21 May 2023 | 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

Where:  Adelaide Gaol | 18 Gaol Road, Thebarton

Who:  Everyone

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