Join the team at Twisted History for a Paranormal Investigation of the Prison of the Ill, at the Old Geelong Gaol. Geelong gaol was built in the 1840 as a hospital gaol for convicts, murders and lunatic. More deaths have happened at the gaol than any other in Victoria. Do you have what it takes to explore Victorias most haunted Gaol…… For information and booking please call 1300865800
On This Day – 3rd March 1855
George Coward, colonial assistant surgeon, stated on this say in 1854, that he found the Geelong Gaol (known as Victoria’s Prison of the ill) considerable difficulty in treating diseases, either mental or bodily, from the want of hospital accommodation. Prisoners, whether of sound or unsound mind, are mingled together, with few exceptions. In diseases of the mind, it is advisable for their proper treatment, that they should be kept separate and not exposed, as they are here, to contract with the prisoners that are daily entering and leaving many of those the most abandoned character. We have at present eight lunatics, two men and six women. We have but five private cells. There are two wards, 16 x 16. There are a number of other female prisoners besides, so that when turned out for exercise, they all meet together, the males only being separated. There is no ward here for diseased prisoners. The deceased, from the nature of her disease, was peculiarly offensive. I am in constant dread of some contagious disease arising in the gaols in this town, and which alone is prevented by the unremitting attention of the superintendent and his subordinates.
Tonight saw the first Ghost tour with our brand new display – a stainless steel morgue table. Luckily everyone survived the morgue …… tonight!
The Geelong Gaol was known throughout the colony as the “Prison of the Ill”. It would be here that you would be sent from other gaols in the colony if you were sick, dying, or in need of special medical care. And for this reason the death rate here was much higher. If you were to die in prison then your body could be used to increase medical knowledge of anatomy and so a morgue table would have been an essential piece of equipment.
Are you ready to lie upon the cold steel in the morgue …….
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ON THIS DAY…… 31st January 1934
On this day in 1934, Prisoner Archibald Oliver, aged 71 years, died in the hospital ward. The death was reported to the deputy coroner.