Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia's premier cultural heritage sites situated on 6 hectares. It was built by convict labour in the 1850s and decommissioned as an operating gaol in 1991. It was the last convict prison built in Australia and remains the most intact. It features the longest and tallest cell range constructed by the British Royal Engineers in this country. Fremantle Prison has special architectural significance in addition to its monumental limestone buildings. Within the walls are the wells and reservoir that provided water for Fremantle. The early jarrah roofs that arch over the huge main cell block and the Anglican Chapel are testament to the skill of the Royal Engineers and the convict labour force. The Prison has become a significant attraction for both tourists and local visitors since opening to the public in 1992. In recognition of its historic significance, the Prison was listed as WA's first national heritage site in 2005.


Approximately 5,000 moveable objects, 2,000 photographs, buildings and objects in situ