Fremantle Prison is a former Australian prison located in The Terrace, Fremantle, in Western Australia. The 6-hectare (15-acre) site includes the prison, gatehouse, perimeter walls, cottages, tunnels, and prisoner art. The prison was one of 11 former convict sites in Australia inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010 as the Australian Convict Sites.

The prison was built by convict labour in the 1850s, and transferred to the colonial government in 1886 for use as a gaol for locally-sentenced prisoners. It closed as a prison in 1991 and reopened as a historic site. It is now a public museum, managed by the Government of Western Australia with daily and nightly tours being operated. Some tours include information about the possible existence of ghosts within the prison. There are also tours of the flooded tunnels and aqueducts under the prison.

The gallows room was the only legal place of execution in Western Australia between 1888 and 1965, with 43 men and one woman hanged in this period, the last being Eric Edgar Cooke. Aside from hanging, other punishments for lesser crimes included solitary confinement and lashings in the exercise yard.
A number of escapes were also successful .

The prison is also widely referred to as Fremantle Gaol.

On 4 January 1988, with recorded inside temperatures of 52.2 °C (126 °F), a prison riot took place. Seventy prisoners took over four and three divisions, taking 15 officers hostage. The riots led to a large fire damaging three and four divisions causing A$1.8 million of damage.

This photo is of one of the prison wings , you can see the suicide nets strung across the wing at floor one.

The location is very dark , this was handheld with a high ISO at f10 to try to get front to back sharpness.

It is not a HDR process , in PP i have used a mild bleach bypass (this location is not a place for colour) .

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