State Records Office of WA SROWA

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

AU WA A219 - ROTTNEST GAOL

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Sub-Department

Authorized form of name

ROTTNEST GAOL

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A219

Description area

Dates of existence

1838-08-01 - 1932-01-01

History

Rottnest Island held prisoners from 1838 until 1932, Aboriginal prisoners being replaced on the whole by Caucasian at the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1848 the majority of prisoners were transferred to the mainland but in 1855 the Rottnest Establishment was reopened. Rottnest closed as a native prison in 1903. It was proclaimed a gaol on 8 January 1904. Inmates were transferred from Fremantle or some other gaol and Rottnest, like Hamel depot, was considered to be an integral part of Fremantle Prison. It was an outstation of Fremantle until it closed in 1932.

Places

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Creation: An Act to constitute the Island of Rottnest a Legal Prison 1841(from 26/11/1841 to 31/12/1903)
Prisons Act 1903 (from 1/1/1904).

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

1838-01-01 - 1932-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A214 - GAOLS DEPARTMENT (1890-01-01 - 1947-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A214

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1917-01-01 - 1932-01-01

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

1867-01-01 - 1917-01-01

Description of relationship

Related function

Related unit of description

Series S454 - RETURNS - PRISONERS RATIONS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1928-01-01 - 1931-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S843 - OCCURRENCE BOOKS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1915-08-19 -

Related unit of description

Series S844 - COMMITMENT BOOKS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1886-03-19 -

Control area

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Sources

Archivist's notes