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This is Maitland Gaol, which until it's closure in 1998, was one of the worst prisons in Australia. Construction began in 1844 and its first prisoners were received in 1848. It was Australia's oldest continually used prison and was finally closed in January 1998 due to its unacceptable conditions. It housed the worst of the worst. Among its inmates were Neddy Smith, Darcy Duggan, Ray Denning, George Savvas, the Backpacker Killer, the murderers of Janine Balding and the men (I use that term advisedly) who killed Anita Cobby; arguably the worst murder in Australian history. I saw my last client here in 1996 as a young lawyer. It was an experience I'll never forget. I spend a fair amount of my working week in places like this, so it was weird going in as a tourist this time. Walking out of places like this makes me appreciate my freedom even more.

The prison is now open daily (and at night) for historical tours.

Canon 5D
ISO 200
f/8
1/640
105mm using 24-105mm lens
ISO

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  • Copyright: Lisa DP (delpeoples) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5611 W: 346 N: 12448] (60326)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-08-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-08-27 17:32
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