The Joy of Museums

Exploring Museums, Art & Historic Sites

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison - Joy of Museums - External

Fremantle Prison, sometimes referred to as Fremantle Gaol or Fremantle Jail, is a former Australian prison and World Heritage Site. The six-hectare (15-acre) site includes the prison cellblocks, gatehouse, perimeter walls, cottages, and tunnels. The prison closed in 1991, and in 2010 was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the Australian Convict Sites.

Initially known as the Convict Establishment or The Establishment, Fremantle Prison was constructed between 1851 and 1859, using convict labour. It was initially used for convicts transported from Britain, but was transferred to the colonial government in 1886 for use for locally-sentenced prisoners.

Among the many historical buildings and exhibits in the Fremantle Prison, the following are some highlights:

To help you better appreciate the Fremantle Prison, the following guides will be helpful:

Essential Facts:

  • Name:                       Fremantle Prison
  • Opened:                    1855
  • Closed:                      1991
  • Type:                         Prison Museums
  • Location:                   1 The Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia
  • City:                           Perth


“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Mahatma Gandhi



Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons