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Historical Objects and Exhibits of the Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol - - exterior 2

The Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum consists of the main bluestone building and courtyard, located next to the old City Police Watch House and City Courts buildings. It was first constructed starting in 1839, and during its operation as a prison, it executed 133 people, including bushranger Ned Kelly.

The museum displays information and memorabilia of the prisoners and staff, including death masks of the executed criminals.

Among the many exhibits and historical objects in the Old Melbourne Gaol the following are some of the highlights:


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