Voices from the Fremantle Round House
Hear individual stories of prisoners, warders and the authorities recounted by the volunteer guides in the Fremantle Round House - WA's oldest surviving public building, purpose built as a gaol in 1832. Try the pillories for size, ring the curfew bell and see the cannon being fired at 1pm.
Perhaps you’ll learn of the terrible fate of Indigenous prisoners, of John Gavin who was the first white person hung in Western Australia, of Jane Green, one of the few female prisoners, or of Graham Campbell and others whose protestations helped to save the Round House from demolition.
Take care not to commit a misdemeanor lest you be locked in the pillories as punishment by public humiliation!
You’ll be invited to attend the firing of the 1pm cannon on the gun deck. Maybe you’ll be chosen to act as an honorary gunner.
Please note – there is no wheelchair access into the Round House. Pedestrian access is via 12 steps from Captains Ln. Easier access up Captains Lane from Mrs Trivett Place.
The Round House opens daily 10.30am to 3.30pm.