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‘What We Found Under The Floor’ – Archaeology at Fremantle Prison

Join us for a 45 minute talk at Fremantle Prison to hear about initial discoveries during conservation works in the Main Cell Block.

The Main Cell Block at Fremantle Prison has housed inmates from its construction in 1850s until 1991 when the Prison closed. During recent conservation works, floor boards of the cells were removed and material was found from the convict era to recent times. Archaeologists have excavated several cells and the findings include convict clay pipes, handwritten letters, slate etchings, drawings, photographs, clothes, knives, smoking paraphernalia, photographs, tattoo devices and tattoo designs.

Hear why the findings are so important to archaeologists and curators. Find out what will happen next to the material that was recovered. See a sample of what was found under the floorboards of prisoner cells.

Registration for this event is essential as spaces are limited. Please contact Fremantle Prison via email on functions@fremantleprison.com.au or by phone on (08) 9336 9205.

Event date

Event Details

1 The Terrace, Fremantle WA, Australia

11.30am to 12.30pm

Entry fees:
By donation
Prebooking requiredevents@fremantleprison.com.au9336900
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
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