Adelaide Gaol History Day | 28 May 2017

Learn about the fascinating history of Adelaide’s Gaol on Sunday 28 May 2017

Learn about the lives, crimes and often gruesome deaths of some of South Australia’s pettiest thieves and most dangerous criminals at the Adelaide Gaol’s annual History Day later this month. Built in 1841, the gaol is the state’s second oldest building, and was in operation until 1988 when the last prisoner was transferred out. Its empty shell holds the secrets of its past, ready for you to uncover at History Day.

Get to know the stories of this iconic site and the prisoners that were kept there, including 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 up the hanging tower, or look at the official documents and artefacts of the prisoners and guards, such as mug shots and uniforms.

There’s something to keep the whole family entertained, including:

  • actors in period costumes
  • performances by the SA Police Band
  • vintage police vehicles
  • a jumping castle
  • lawn games
  • face painting
  • food and refreshments.


Parking will be available along Gaol Road or in the nearby Parklands.


$5 per person (cash only), which includes a self-guided tour.

For more information and all enquiries please visit the DENWR – Adelaide Gaol website

What: Adelaide Gaol History Day

WhenSunday 28 May 2017 | 10am to 4pm.

Where: Adelaide Gaol | Gaol Road, Thebarton

Who:  Everyone

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