The Old Melbourne Gaol was the best thing we did In Melbourne. It was fascinating of what we found out
Old Melbourne Gaol is a highlight among the city’s things to do. The main selling point is that the famous outlaw Ned Kelly was executed in the gaol, and it has plenty of interesting information about the lives of the Kellys, as well as the death masks of Ned Kelly and many other former inmates on display. A free performance about the Kellys is put on throughout the day to entertain and inform visitors.
There was something exceedingly eerie about the gruesome collection of death masks cast from the actual heads of executed prisoners and noose on display. During the time of the Old Melbourne Gaol (jail), an astonishing 133 male and female prisoners were executed by hanging on the premises, the most infamous being Australian folk hero Ned Kelly. Equally disturbing were the stories of Martha Moore who paid a pittance to adopt children that she proceeded to murder and bury in her backyard or the tale of Martha Kneedle who poisoned her husband and daughters with arsenic.
Must visit! They've opened almost all the chambers and inside each one they have information about the prisoner that stayed there or something else interesting about the place.Many interesting stories and see the death masks of famous criminals and the instruments used as punishment. If you really go in and read everything, the whole place can take a good 2hrs or so.
Very interesting and interactive. You should check this place out if you are in to history.