Penitentiary

What was life like for convicts in the Penitentiary? And how was French explorer Captain LaPlace surprised by how the convicts lived?

By day, the prisoners lived under constant surveillance and control. But when the lights went out, their world was their own. Homosexual activity was the authorities’ greatest fear.

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Audio 1 Introduction

Introduction

Audio 2 Overview

Overview

Audio 3 Penitentiary

Penitentiary

Audio 4 Ablution Block & Exercise Yard

Ablution Block & Exercise Yard

Audio 5 Workshops

Workshops

Audio 6 Commandant's House

Commandant’s House

Audio 7 Commandant's Garden

Commandant’s Garden

Audio 8 Law Court

Law Court

Audio 9 Guard Tower

Guard Tower

Audio 10 Tower Cottage

Tower Cottage

Audio 11 Smith O'Brien's Cottage

Smith O’Brien’s Cottage

Audio 12 The Hospital

The Hospital

Audio 13 Pauper's Mess

Pauper’s Mess

Audio 14 Settlement Creek

Settlement Creek

Audio 15 Asylum

Asylum

Audio 16 Separate Prison

Separate Prison

Audio 17 Farm Overseer's Cottage

Farm Overseer’s Cottage

Audio 18 Civil Officers' Row

Civil Officers’ Row

Audio 19 Church

Church

Audio 20 Government Cottage

Government Cottage

Audio 21 Fountain

Fountain

Audio 22 Memorial Garden

Memorial Garden

Audio 23 Harbour View - Isle of the Dead - Point Puer

Harbour View – Isle of the Dead – Point Puer

Audio 24 Dockyards

Dockyards

Audio 25 Farewell

Farewell