Old Melbourne Gaol: The Female Ward Tour

Walk in the footsteps of past female prisoners and discover what life was like for women incarcerated in Old Melbourne Gaol.

The Female Ward Tour at Old Melbourne Gaol explores what life was like for women in Melbourne, how they were treated within the justice system, and the work they did.

Before the Female Ward was built, women were housed with male prisoners. Whilst afforded separate cells they were nonetheless forced to endure the indignities and harassment that came with this arrangement. Old Melbourne Gaol was built in 1847 and it wasn’t until 20 years later that the additional wing was completed. Elizabeth Scott, the first woman hanged in Victoria, was more than likely imprisoned in this new ward.  

Although the ward has since been demolished, this unique tour offers visitors the chance to hear the stories of some notable characters that truly highlight the hardships they faced. 

The tour includes both the Gaols grounds and the Gaol itself. General Admission entry to the Gaol is included in the ticket price.

Celebrating 50 years of the Victorian Heritage Register 

Event dates

Event Details

Old Melbourne Gaol, 377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria

Fridays: 10:30am-11:30am
Sundays: 10:30am-11:30am & 12:30pm-1:30pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 40, Members $ 5
Prebooking requiredhttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-heritage-festival-the-female-ward-tour-old-melbourne-gaol-tickets-877128162947bookings@nattrust.com.au96569889Ticket includes Gaol General Admission Ticket)
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Closest Train Station is Melbourne Central. Closest Tram Stop is #7 Russell St/Bourke St Street Parking available at a cost Multilevel Carpark available on Mackenzie Street