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Australia is a nation that was founded by convicts, and the oldest prison in modern Australia is Tasmania’s Richmond Gaol. Constructed in 1825, it’s the only remaining jail in Tasmania where it’s still possible to tour the life of a 19th-century convict. Step inside a dark cell that was used for solitary confinement, and feel firsthand why the tiny space was known to trigger insanity. Stand inside the outdoor courtyard where morning floggings were held, and look at the infamous “cat-o-nine-tails” that was used to administer the lashings. According to some, the Richmond Gaol is still haunted by the ghosts of former convicts, and reports of moans and cold chills are much more common than you’d think. Despite the strength of its original design, the gaol was quickly overcrowded to the point of abject misery, and multiple phases to expand the jail were constructed over 15 years. As the shipments of convicts ceased from overseas, the gaol turned into a holding cell for citizens of petty crime, before eventually falling into disrepair in the middle of the 1920s. Today, as a restored and revitalized historic site that’s one of Tasmania’s best, visitors can not only witness the horrors that convicts had to endure, but also are given a dramatic reminder of why to stay out of jail.

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37 Bathurst Street, Richmond, Australia, TAS 7025
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Richmond Historic Afternoon Tour from Hobart

Richmond Historic Afternoon Tour from Hobart

Spend a delightful afternoon in the town of Richmond, one of Australia's most original historic villages on a guided coach tour. This tour will give you maximum time at Richmond Village, nestled on the beautiful Coal River. Nowhere else in Tasmania is the romance and nostalgic charm of colonial days more alive than in the beautiful setting of Richmond. Stroll across the historic convict built Richmond Bridge and visit the Richmond Gaol. There's plenty of time to explore the village, it's quaint cottages, unique shops, galleries and cafe's.
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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