Convict History Tour
Step back in time on a guided tour and discover the fascinating convict history of Fremantle Prison, Western Australia’s only World Heritage listed building. Find out why almost 10,000 men were transported, how they built their own prison and helped to shape the future of WA.
Imagine arriving in Fremantle in 1850 and with the tools of the day and lack of comforts, having to build your own prison. Hear about the Prison’s construction and discover the site’s role as a depot for receiving and housing the male convicts and as secondary punishment for re-offenders.
An experienced guide will reveal the liberal use of brutal punishments, like floggings and solitary confinement in the 1860s, and the corresponding effect on the number of escape attempts. Learn about how convicts supplied the physical labour to build roads, bridges, jetties, lighthouses and other public works in the Swan River Colony.
By the end of convict transportation, in 1868, almost 10,000 men and boys had passed through Fremantle Prison. Discover our history through their stories.