Fannie Bay Gaol was built in 1883 and used until 1979. I can’t imagine how hard it would have been to live in such primitive conditions. The accommodation was the most basic; harking back to the days when prison was more punishment than rehabilitation. It was dirty and depressing. There was no privacy, hardly anywhere to go to escape the heat and rain during the wet season; nowhere to go to get warm during the dry season (even though it is a lot warmer in winter than the southern states of Australia).
It probably sounds like I didn’t like being there. I did. I found it fascinating because it’s like no other jail I have visited before. We were there in the heat of the day in the dry season and it was unbearable.
The ‘mattress’ was made of straw and a very thin material.
One of the cells.