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Fannie Bay gaol opened in September 1883 with a total of thirty one prisoners, who had been previously been housed in a one room stone lock up in Mitchell Street. Some blocks contained only sixteen bare cells, twelve foot square, containing ringbolts and restraining chains. The gaol is steeped with history as the gaol was damaged by Japanese air raids which it was taken over by the military. It resumed as a gaol in 1946. In the gaols time there was two prisoners hung for a murder they committed in which the gallows had to be made for their punishment.
Cyclone Tracy damaged some of the buildings in addition to blowing away the fence. Eventually the gaol was closed down in 1979 and the prisoners transferred to Berrimah or Gunn Point, thus ending, nearly a hundred years of penal history in the Northern Territory.
 


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