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Wadjemup to Walyalup (Rottnest to Fremantle)


Mon 24 Jun 2013, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sun 1 Dec 2013, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Fremantle Prison, 1 The Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison's new exhibition examines the confronting history of the incarceration of Aboriginal people in Western Australia.

Aboriginal prisoners were held at Fremantle Prison from as early as 1856. Fremantle Prison ran the infamous Rottnest Gaol which saw up to 3,700 Aboriginal prisoners sent to the island. From the 1950s until 1991 between 30 and 40 per cent of prisoners in Fremantle Prison were of Aboriginal descent.

The exhibition features historic photographs of prisoners at Fremantle Prison, Rottnest Island and Roebourne Gaol, as well as children incarcerated at the Moore River and Carrolup native camps. Artworks by Aboriginal artists created while they were at Fremantle Prison, neck irons from Roebourne Old Gaol, Rules and Regulations from the Rottnest Gaol, and more can be seen on display.