Round House, Fremantle
Western end of High Street on Arthur Head Fremantle 6160, Fremantle, Australia
(08) 9336 6897
Round House, Fremantle Reviews
Round House, Fremantle Jan 02, 2011
The Round House is the oldest remaining building in Fremantle. Built in 1830, the Round House was intended as a prison, it had eight cells and a jailer's residence, all of which opened onto a central courtyard. The design was based on the Panopticon, a type of prison designed by philosopher Jeremy Bentham.
It was used for colonial and indigenous prisoners until 1886, when control of the Convict Establishment prison (now Fremantle Prison) was transferred to the colony. After that, the smaller Round House was used as a police lockup until 1900, when it became the living quarters for the chief constable and his family.
Although it is free to walk around the complex, there is a gold coin donation to enter.
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