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Darlinghurst Gaol: A 19th century Australian prison in the heart of Sydney

May 22, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

$25 – $35
Entrance to Darlinghurst Gaol, 1887 [Image courtesy State Library of New South Wales, FL1231374]

Entrance to Darlinghurst Gaol, 1887 [Image courtesy State Library of New South Wales, FL1231374]

This event is in partnership with Historic Houses Association of Australia

Join Richard Whitaker as he discusses the history of Darlinghurst Gaol.

From 1814 to 1914, Darlinghurst Gaol was Sydney’s main prison. Corporal punishment (flogging) was common, as were regular hangings that were held over the years, including the execution of Louisa Collins – the last woman to be hanged in NSW.

Richard Whitaker will take us through these turbulent times, to being turned into an internment camp during the First World War and through its renovation in 1921 as East Sydney Technical College, and since 1995, the National Art School. 

About the Speaker: Richard Whitaker is known as Australia’s premiere weather man, with a career spanning over 40 years. Richard was Chief Meteorologist at Sky News until his retirement in 2016 and has also co-authored and edited 12 meteorological publications. His writings extend to the field of history and he maintains an interest with Foxtel as a writer for the History Channel and the Crime Investigation Channel. 

Tickets will be available soon on Historic Houses Association of Australia’s website

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May 22, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
$25 – $35


Historic Houses Association of Australia
Royal Australian Historical Society


History House
133 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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(02) 9247 8001

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