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Fremantle Prison Gatehouse

Fremantle Prison - The Gatehouse

Fremantle Prison Gatehouse

The gatehouse was constructed in 1854 using convict labour and made of limestone. The gatehouse has two towers either side of a narrow gate, resembling English castles or walled cities of the 1200s.

Iron scavenged from shipwrecks was used to make the gate, while the clock at the top of the structure was imported from England. As the main entrance, the gatehouse is a significant feature and landmark.

Fremantle Prison map

Map of Fremantle Prison


  • Title:                 The gatehouse and associated entry complex
  • Built:                1854
  • Use:                  Accommodation for Prison Officials
  • Museum:         Fremantle Prison

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Photo Credit: GM 2) By Evad37 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons