How was the Gaol run?

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Scroll through the narrative galleries below to explore how the Melbourne Gaol represented nineteenth century ideas of using punishment as a way of reforming prisoners.  Hover your mouse over an image to reveal further information.
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Who was sent to the Gaol?

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Scroll through the narrative galleries below to explore the reasons why many different types of people might end up in gaol in the second half of the nineteenth century. Hover your mouse over an image to reveal further information. Please note that images of deceased Indigenous people are contained within
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Why was the Gaol built?

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Scroll through the narrative galleries below to discover the story of the Melbourne Gaol and where it sits within Victoria’s criminal justice history. Hover your mouse over an image to reveal further information. Please note that images and names of deceased Indigenous people are contained within this webpage.
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Virtually There 3D Resources

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Take a virtual visit of our historic sites using new 3D technology. This application lets you wander around our sites and see them just as though you could really walk around from room to room or place to place. We have scanned two very different properties and made them available for you
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VCE Geography

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Rippon Lea became the 33rd site to be included on the prestigious National Heritage List in 2006 and it is a significant tourist venue attracting over 80,000 visitors annually. VCE Geography Unit 2 students can explore the house and garden, completing a range of geographic investigations, practising the key fieldwork
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Culpable Driving Court Room Drama

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The new updated Culpable Driving Court Room Drama looks at the case of a young man, Kim Tran who was charged with culpable driving in the County Court. The case is based on a real case but names, dates and details have been changed to maintain the confidentiality of the
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Educational group tours at the Old Melbourne Gaol

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Our four new Gaol Tours address your requirements for a substantial relevant tour that makes a lasting impact on all students who visit. Contact 03 9656 9889 to book or for more information email bookings@nattrust.com.au
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History In Place

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The History in Place program encourages students from primary school to visit a local heritage site and produce their own documentary video about a subject that inspires them.
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3D Interactive Court Room

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Click here to open the Interactive Court Room.   Judge/Magistrate The Judge presides over the court and deals with any legal issues that arise during the trial. He/She informs the jurors about their role and instructs them about what the law is. The Magistrate hears cases and makes decisions in the Magistrates’
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Learn about the family who built the McCrae Homestead

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“The kitchen is finished. It is made of posts stuck upright in the ground; it is plastered with mud.” Letter from Alexander McCrae to Georgiana, his mother, May 1845
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Respect Me

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Over 70 per cent of teenagers have received ‘sexts’ or sexual images on their phones of friends, associates or unknown people. Young women are mostly the targeted victims and sexting has a long term and harmful impact. Schools and parents struggle with how to educate young people about the issue and to keep up with
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Court Room Dramas – perform a court trial re-enactment

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This significant heritage building offers students an engaging and revealing insight into past and contemporary legal process.
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3D Courtroom Interactive Video

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This is an innovative visual model using a real courtroom, overlaid with talking hotspots, to introduce students to the legal system and the roles and functions of a court.
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School Programs at the Gaol

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Entering the confines of the Old Melbourne Gaol offers students a breathtaking immersion into a past world of crime, justice and punishment.
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Experience incarceration for yourself

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Students actively explore this confronting place and its people from a number of different perspectives through role-play, multi-media interpretation and self-exploration.
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Maths@Sea – Make Maths Fun On Board A Ship!

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Let your Yr 7 - 8 students investigate important concepts on a mathematical journey aboard an 1885 tall ship the Polly Woodside.
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Polly Woodside Primary Programs

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Step lively aboard a real 19th century tall ship and into the lives of the sailors who lived and worked aboard.
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Primary programs at Rippon Lea House and Gardens

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This program examines the past through family history, childrenís life, schooling and domestic work. It includes toys, games, sports, period clothes and exploration activities.
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Mrs Sargood goes to school

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Students will take part in a 50 minute program in their own classroom that explores what school was like for Melbourne students during the 1880s.
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