The Journey from Punishment to Peace

The Journey from Punishment to Peace. A personal message from Gregory David Roberts, author of Shantaram.

An exhibition at Warder’s Upstairs.

Experience the captivating story of Gregory David Roberts, the renowned author of Shantaram. Delve into an immersive exhibition at Warder’s Upstairs. Take a moment to imagine the paths wandered by a man who transformed his life from punishment to peace.

Gregory David Roberts, a former convict who served time at Pentridge Prison on two occasions and managed a daring escape, shares his incredible journey with you. From surviving incarceration to life on the run, he defied the odds and emerged as an acclaimed novelist, public speaker, and philanthropist. Listen and watch, as he opens up about finding freedom, his music, and his shares snippets of his life philosophy.

Immerse yourself in this meticulously curated exhibition, developed in collaboration with Gregory David Roberts, the producers of the Apple TV series “Shantaram,” and the National Trust, Victoria. Explore his enthralling story through captivating audio, compelling recorded narratives, and authentic costumes.

This event offers a unique chance to escape to the world of Shantaram and discover the triumph of the human spirit.

Entry to the exhibition is free

  • Enrich your experience by booking tickets for the H Division tour and enjoy more of Greg David Roberts escape story, delivered by our National Trust trained guides.
  • There will be a limited program of additional talks and tours associated with the exhibition.
  • Gregory David Roberts books, Shantaram, The Mountain Shadow & The Spiritual Path will all be available for purchase from the Pentridge Prison Tours retail space.

Open Daily, 21 July 2023 – 15 October 2023
Monday to Friday, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10.00am – 6.00pm 

Warders Upstairs 
(Pentridge Prison Tours Ticket Office)

Free Entry 



Exhibition Program


First Look and Curator Talk with Jane Scott
Friday 21 July, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Join exhibition curator Jane Scott for an intimate tour as she guides you through ‘Shantaram: A Journey from Punishment to Peace’.

Cost: This is a free NTV member’s exclusive event.

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Curator Talk & H-Division Tour
Saturday 22 July, 10am – 12noon.
Join exhibition curator Jane Scott as she guides you through ‘Shantaram: A Journey from Punishment to Peace’, followed by a tour of the H-Division with our National Trust Guides with further stories and insights into Gregory David Roberts life at Pentridge Prison.

Cost: $45 per person. $40 for NTV Members. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

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Gregory David Roberts in Conversation
Sunday 13 August, 10am – 12noon
Join the author of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts (live from Jamaica) in conversation with Michael Veitch, author and former ABC television and radio presenter, as they discuss Melbourne, freedom, life choices and the power of redemption.

Cost: $45 (talk only) or $65 when combined with a H Division Tour of Pentridge Prison, with further stories and insights into Greg’s life in prison.  Tickets to join the event online-only are also available for $25.

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‘It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, when I was chained to a wall and being tortured. I realised, somehow, through the screaming in my mind, that even in that shackled, bloody helplessness, I was still free: free to hate the men who were torturing me, or to forgive them.’

(Shantaram p.3) 

Plan your visit

The Journey from Punishment to Peace


1 Champ Street
Melbourne VIC 3058


Monday to Friday, 10.30am - 4.00pm 
Saturday and Sunday, 10.00am - 6.00pm 

03 9656 9889
Entry Fees:

FREE Entry to the Exhibition.

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