Australian Heritage Festival | The Female Ward Tour

19 Apr 2024

11:30 am ‐ 1:30 pm

Adult: $40
(Includes $35 Gaol General Admission Ticket)

National Trust Members: $5
(Members receive free entry to Old Melbourne Gaol)

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

Before the Female Ward was built women were housed with the 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 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. 

This event is part of the Australian Heritage Festival (Victoria)


Ellen Kelly and her granddaughters Lil and Alice Knight, 1911. State Library Collection.

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