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Importance of Beechworth Gaol
The Kellys met Joe Byrne and Steve Hart in Beechworth Gaol
The Gaol was the major prison in North Eastern Victoria
What was Beechworth Gaol like in the late 1870s
Some were not happy at taking cases from all over North Eastern Victoria to Beechworth, particularly after the railway arrived (Ensign25/4/1873)
Mr Thompson was the governor of the Gaol in early 1879
Facilities in Beechworth Gaol in the late 1870s
The Gaol was not a nice place to spend any time. The outer wall is solid granite. The cells are small and isolated from each other. Don't event think of any modern plumbing, a bucket in the corner of the cell for a toilet, a tiny slit for light and air and a hatch in the door for communications when the guards wanted to talk. Hot in summer and really cold in winter.
Links to the KellyGang
In 1869 Ned Kelly spent nearly 2 months in the Gaol on remand on a charge of being an accomplice of Harry Power He was about 13 The charge was dismissed.
Harry Power spent time in the Gaol before he was transferred to Pentridge prison.
In August 1871 Ned Kelly spent 18 months in the Gaol before being transferred to Pentridge prison to serve the rest of a 3 year sentence on a charge of receiving a stolen mare
Com Standish issued warrants for the arrest of about twenty of the sympathizers; they were all arrested on 2/1/1879 and remanded to Beechworth, and they were kept in the Gaol, most of them were in custody here untill 22/4/1879. (RC2029) (OMA7/1/1879) (JJK)
Prior to this the woden main gate of the Gaol was replaced for fear that the mob might try to break into the Gaol to free Ned Kelly
What is happening at the Beechworth Gaol today
The Gaol has been closed and the site is being redeveloped Do you know what this is , could it have been a Baby cradle from Beechworth Gaol . If you have any information please