Inside Fremantle: The Horrors of Australia’s Creepy Historic Prison



Image: Mauro Marzo

The gallows: Forty-four people, including one woman, were executed here while the prison was operational.

The corridors are empty, the cells no longer occupied; yet there is still a presence in the old buildings, an unsettling atmosphere of misery and death built into its very walls. Whether the site is actually haunted by spirits or whether this is just the feeling of the place – a remnant of its troubled and troubling past – Fremantle Prison in Western Australia is one spooky site to explore.


Image: Mauro Marzo

The empty cell block, once full of prisoners, now stands eerily deserted.

For almost 150 years, Fremantle Prison was a place of suffering, and a place where those who had caused suffering, were incarcerated. Murderers, rapists, thieves and other criminals have walked its hallways – and for some of them it would be the last place they would ever live.

Violence is a fundamental part of the prison’s history because of the riots, floggings and executions that occurred over the years – not to mention the violent crimes that were the reason many were locked up here in the first place. No wonder ghosts are rumored to wander the empty cell blocks.

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