New Special Exhibition opening at the Geelong Gaol Museum on September 21.
Opening in 1853, the Geelong Gaol quickly became a hot bed for the criminal under class. Many of those were of the vagrant class, living on streets and existing through a life of crime.
This exhibition presents five stories about individuals who were once confined to the Old Geelong Gaol. From transported convicts, a Chinese miner, a gangster and a female killer.
Each of the prisoners featured in this new exhibition, The Rogues and Vagabonds of Geelong Gaol, all lived in Victoria at the time where the Australian gold rush influenced the behaviours of the rich and the poor.
Little in the way of government assistance for those in need so a life of crime became away of life for many.
The Geelong Gaol today is open as a museum on weekends, school holidays and public holidays for visitors to experience the harsh conditions of the colonial convict era.
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