State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department for Culture and the Arts.

AU WA A375 - PERTH GAOL

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Sub-Department

Authorized form of name

PERTH GAOL

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A375

Description area

Dates of existence

1830-01-01 - 1888-01-01

History

The first gaol in Perth was built circa 1830 and by 1855 its situation opposite Government House was deemed inappropriate and a new prison was built in Beaufort Street. This prison operated from 1856-1888.

In 1858 responsibility for Perth Gaol was transferred to the Imperial Convict Establishment in order to provide accommodation for parties of convicts employed on public works in the capital. At the same time all colonial prisoners were transferred to Fremantle Prison. In 1875 when the need for convict labour in Perth had dwindled the gaol was handed back to the colonial government.

The Gaol was closed in March 1888 after the last prisoner had been taken to Fremantle.

Places

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Creation: Prisons Ordinance 1849, 12 Vic No 7 (from 9/5/1849 to 1/01/1888);
An Ordinance to extend and enlarge the provisions of an Ordinance passed in the twelfth year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria entitled An Ordinance for the Regulation of Gaols, Prisons and Houses of Correction in the Colony of Western Australia, and for the other purposes relating thereto” 1858 21 Vict No 12 (from 26/5/1858 to 1/01/1888).

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

AU WA A220 - FREMANTLE PRISON (1855-01-01 - 1991-10-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A220

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1830-01-01 - 1888-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A416 - CASUARINA PRISON (1991-06-07 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A416

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1991-01-01 -

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A220 - FREMANTLE PRISON (1855-01-01 - 1991-10-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A220

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1855-01-01 - 1991-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A103 - COLONIAL SECRETARY'S OFFICE (1828-12-30 - 1924-04-16)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A103

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1830-01-01 - 1888-01-01

Description of relationship

Related function

Related unit of description

Series S690 - REPORTS AND OCCURRENCES

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1875-03-31 - 1888-03-31

Related unit of description

Series S1809 - REGISTERS - LOCAL PRISONERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1876-01-01 - 1888-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S845 - WARDER'S JOURNAL

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1882-08-04 - 1888-03-01

Control area

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Sources

Archivist's notes

AN Cross Reference = 358