H.M. Melbourne's Pentridge prison
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A Bit Of History...
H.M. Pentridge Prison was built in 1850 and closed down officially in May 1997. Its nickname in the prison environment was "The Bluestone College".
Today, the prison is partially demolished to build some new housings. Main façade remains, and some detention camps.
During the local gold rush, criminality rates increase and a new prison is needed.
Many blue stones to break around here, so the prisoners can be kept busy, and also start to build the road from Melbourne to Sydney.
Due to an increasing number of prisoners, Pentridge is modernized around 1870.Surrounding walls are built, guard towers are raised. The capacity reaches around 650 prisoners and 100 employees.
Little by little the conditions get better. A monthly visit is allowed in 1945, and a fortnight letter. Several production sites are created inside the prison during the 60's.
In 1970 more than 1000 prisoners are detained, with new cool rights like: reading, acting, studying.
Peephole on a cell door
All the executions happened inside the prison. The last man killed was Ronald Ryan, in 1967. He was hung after having killed a guard during a prison escape. As a doubt remained and he might have been innocent, executions stopped.
After 1984, lots of scandals happen: strikes, riots, drugs... The privatization of the prisons a few years later does not help.
Finally, in 1997, Pentridge definitely closed down.
A Few Words About This Urban Exploration...
October 2005, Melbourne. Escaping from Pentridge was supposed to be difficult. What about the infiltration, 10 years after the prison is abandoned?
The site was still having active motion detectors and cameras. Security doors, welded or heavily locked bars.
Climbing the ramparts, security nets, rooftops, the attic and, a couple of hours later, finally inside!
The most total darkness, creepy atmosphere. Everything remains intact, cells furniture still here, prisoner's graffitis too.
The photos gathered here are probably not the best ones on this site, but this exploration is certainly the most intense one...
I worked for red cross late 1960s and use to go to pentridge to take blood I met a prisoner called Doug Meagher who I believed committed murder and was sentence to hang but was later changed to 50 years minimum of 40 years I often wonder what happened to him any one know of him
Only two nights ago my husband and I went on a ghost tour through D Division. The tour and stories were fantastic! Thank you to our Tour Guide.
Our only disappointment was that the Developers have removed the original contents of the cells. It would of been much wiser to leave the cells or at least some of them complete in their original state. How will the next generation ever understand our history if they have nothing to look at.
Day tours around the prison complex and other buildings (if they haven't all been destroyed) would be amazing!
Hi there, found this site and wanted to advise you that we have taken over the old D Division of Pentridge as an events venue. We are currently in the process of getting tours back up and running as we have had plenty of interest. For any details when these tours will be active feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our website www.pentridgeprison.com.au
Anyone know/do time with Tony Zampaglione?
PS: For those who want to trace the historical records of prisoners, Pentridge records up to 1948 are kept for men and women prisoners on the Victorian State records site. The main link is prov.vic.gov , then scroll down to the male or female link. These will take you to the volumes and 20 volumes are listed per page. Just click up the top to bring up the next 20 volumes. By way of warning, many of these records are very sad, some have only a little detail, and none of it is sympathetic.
Newspaper coverage of Court cases up until 1955 are on the national newspaper site Trove, trove.nla.gov . Try the official name and all aliases, and put them in commas like "Joseph Leslie Theodore Taylor" or "Squizzy Taylor".
The Victorian Police Gazette (State Library - free, or can buy these), contain many photographs of prisoners prior to their release from many gaols including Pentridge.
Convict-built Fremantle Gaol was kept despite the Liberals wanting to tear it down to make money for developers. It became a museum/art gallery with some great tours, one is a canoe tour of the underground tunnels, and now some of the cells are to become backpacker accommodation. From its beginning it was the prison for political prisoners, poor men and women, some rich ones, and some real bastards. It also housed Bon Scott for a time (carnal knowledge conviction).
Gaol never deterred anyone, but demolishing the prison would have been to wipe away all that social and political history and the memory of the lives of the men and women who did it hard in there.
It's your business if Pentridge Gaol will be allowed to remain, but preserving it will allow its tragic and cruel history to be known for generations to come. Too often the lives of Aboriginal people, poor people, people who've made a mistake, or have been born into unfortunate circumstances are written out of history. It's like we never existed at all.
Good luck with the rest of your lives everyone. Hope you can look forward without forgetting the past.
As a 7 yr old I went door to door to collect dead matches & when I got a shoe box full I would send them to the jail. Just so I would get a Xmas invite to see what the prisoners made from them.
Funny how you claim to be such a big bad man , yet it's common knowledge ( even in the free world ) that you were in the boneyard . Please tell us what it was like , doing time with kiddy fuckers, coppers and that bald rat toothed bloke in the mirror ! You know the one , the informer tat robbed , lagged and put shit on everyone he met in the nick the minute he was released ! That thing being you ! And why do you keep bunging on ? You say " you broke into the place with 8 friends " thats a sad joke, you wouldnt have 8 friends , in the whole world. Not solid pnes at least ! Theyed be all rats and dogs like you, or coppers etc that you met in protection ! Big deal if ypu were there when Kremmin kicked in the windows in D division !If I were there Id have kicked the raping dogs head in long before he clibed up onto the roof ! But that's just me - some of us talk and some of us do ! You just pretend you know ,because you were in D division ?? BIG FUCKING DEAL. Youd have lasted a short second in B division or A duvision, but you were too busy making pegs or in special industries and WE ALL KNOW IT !
Little coward, bald headed , Danny Divito lookalike !,
All mouth on here and in the police station. yes, I remember you well. I didnt mind you till you bailed into protection ! Remember that ?? I certainly do, and how you weazled your way back into mainstream, as a member of the RSL - what a fucking germ. The creepiest excuse for a human being Ive ever met, and quite illiterate too ! Do you still shake like a leaf when old adviseries walk in your cell and front you ? I wonder ? " YOUR MATES IN JIKA " Hmm thats a joke, but then again, considering the crumbs that burnt in that fire, you are of their ilk, but were never amoung them . Oakliegh was your home once , and yes mummy and daddy used to visit you at Ararat , if they are dead, they no doubt died of shame after giving birth to such a genetically challenged specimen like you. You truly are brave , i'll hand you that , after all your'e assuming you know certain peoples real names on here , and we definately know yours . Now crawl back under the rock you surfaced from ,you back stabbing, police informing wannabe back dooring woman bashing Junkie crumb ! If your so brave publish your adress ! But you won't be hard to find, its a small world, and you are a slimy little fish in a tiny little pond .
My father was william cook age unknown would like any information as I never got to know him and feel like part of me is missing
The only memmory I have of my father is visiting him in prisson when I was a verry little girl
He had alot of tattoos a tear drop under one eye I will never forget he was of aborigonal decent
Black hair slim built im told he was a talented artist ive tried endless ways of contacring him over the years
But only knowing his name and what I have described it was impossible to trace him as my birth certificate states father
Then my search came to a screaming halt when I recived a phone call stating
My father had passed away when my son was almost two in shock I hung up the phone all I
Could do is cry as I realized my worst fear id never get to know him .
Please if there is any information about my father please let me know
Kind regards lisa cook
i remember you too buddy good to see your still draging those knuckes behind you some thing dont ghange your stilla brain dead knuckle draging rock ape and if i wrer you i wouldnt be to proud of what put you there in the first place dont worry i wont bring you undun.but before you talk about other people you should get your fack strait like the fack that both my olds were dead so that kills that thearyand as far as being prould to have gone to jail yes i am proud .proud that i did four years living with sociotys thow backs and survivedwith out any problems thats what im proud off and then theres the building it self.what a plasce and except for some churches this was the last building of that typ left and it decerves the respect just because of what it was and how it was built but you probably didnt notice to busy chasing drugs or walking around with your head up your ass.myself i teamed up with the right people and we made the best of a bad situation and we all got through with smiles on fases.and to top things off i hated the place so bad i was only out two months and then back for three years so knuckles you havent got a clue but dont feel bad i cant drag my nuckels like you can so mabee if we ever get a circusfull of freeks youllfinaly get a job and you wont have to go back to jail.ha ha what joke that will never happen so i guess theres more boogoo in your future.have fun with that......fucking pesant hwo the fuck do you think you are look me up im not hiding come see me id love to set you straight face to face but deep down in side you know you dont have the ticker good luck with that boogoo
chopper read is a known liar and police informant real crims in real prisons do not like him one bit and he is consyantly.hiding and lagging to get away from them, so stop making out you knew some made up name in pentridge because chopper was in h division on 3man run outs with a rapisr for hes own protection have you ever.seen.chopper.in the 80s hes a whinging little wanker.he would get wrecked.but everyone in melbourne knows that and knows hes.just a.liar read mathew charles johnsons poems on facebook
I'm glad I came across this site it's great.
I was one of the first residents at Pentridge estate and before the estate built up it was a ghost town. I found the estate to be calming in energy (regardless of what happened at the prison). A year after living there I felt a presence at our house upstairs, nothing harmful or scary. So I called a psychic friend and she told me there was a female who was a prisoner from the woman's section in the 1800's at the prison. She tried to get her to move on but this entity refused to. I guess she wanted to be where she was kept.
I too believe pentridge should have been kept as you can never predict what developers will "accidentally" do as it was rumoured that a whole wall needed to be taken down. All I say is thank god for heritage laws.
i would like to see all the divisions retained and guided tours set in place for future
generations to see what it was like
i had many memories come back seeing this web site
hi V Biorac
Would like to know where i can find information on past prisoners. My father was an inmate at Pentrige in 70's and 80's.
Havent seen or heard from him in over 20 years. His name is Robert Charles Beck. But on the street probably went by numerous alias but im unsure of them. Also maybe if any past inmates remember him let me know
hi my farther was a inmate in late 1970 to early 1980s.im trying to find some info about him as he passed away in 2005 with a lit of un answerd questions.can any 1 help me plz.regards aleisha mitz
jojo Soz all...next time i decide to type a message out i will wear the specs so i dont stuff the spelling up and leave letters and spaces out...lol. Hope you all could understand my post anyway!
Good luck to you all.
Hi team Pentridge,
Regardless of the reasons for us being there...our minds have been emotionally scarred forever and only those who have "done time" and been witness to the horrid things that went on in there, can truly start to realise ow so much of those times was wrong and inhumane and just plain disgusting and should never be allowed to be repeated in the future. We have to try and live with the sadness of those times as best we can...everyone from inmates to the staff must still suffer from guilt to regretbut we like the bluestone are part of the history of HM Pentridge prison and I think the stories must be told and the buildings preserved and otmallowed to be lost to us all forver...regardless of our personal beliefs , we need to keep our Aussie history for our future generations. maybe we should all write a ook of memories from them"College of Knowledge" from the eyes of those who worked and resided there for a while!!
Howdy Biorac, long time no hear!! Hope your ife is fantastic and happy. The things you find in the strangest places...like moi!!
I hope your lives are happy and have turned outnnow how ou had hoped. Take care, stay safe...and plz stay free!!
Hi, i'm trying to find someone who may have known my dad Trevor Bradley. He spent many years in pentridge being in H div & jika jika. He broke out in the early 80's with 3 others. My dad has since passed but before he died he told me i have a half sister named chantelle who i am now trying to find but he kept this secret for 20yrs or more & for the life of me i cannot find her. I was hoping maybe someone reading this knew him & could help me please or to know anything about him would be good. we were very close over the years & i visited him every school holidays but obviously there had been secrets like my half sister
Hi Im trying to look for a prisoner called batton or barton. Was in jail for double murder around 168 and we were contacted around 1980's by the police as we had brought his mother's house and they said he escaped or something. I have look in wiki and nothing. If someone could contact me with any info email@example.com I would appreciate it.
I'm am American, calif . I was sentenced to a year for possession of about 300 hits of LSD in nov 1970.
I was 18'. I was held in j div. I was told that I was remanded to pentridge, because I was a foreigner. I was asigned to the store and delivered supplies with a push cart to all the divisions, including h div.. Being able to move about the prison gave me a position that I exploited for personal gain. I had many friends and never had a problem with staff or inmates. The blue stone was a learning experience for me. I became a very good chess player and won a considerable amount of money when I returned to California. I was not deported, but I had to leave the country on release. I have never applied for a visa and wonder if I could go back. I had a wonderful time in Australia, especially, kings cross and cairns. I was the king.
hi guys..Im from Melbourne i live about 10km away from pentridge prison..Just like to congrat you on your blue stone college adventure..Cheers boys
i loved this place. in barwon now and this place is a hole. it makes me sad, i want to be back in pentridge
hi i am just wondering if anyone an give me details on an ex prisoner named mick mitchell...... he was inside in the 1980's and from what i am aware of shared this time with with mark read and bill o'meally. mick was a friend of my parents and any info would be great... pls email me at firstname.lastname@example.org would really like to get in touch with him if he is still around. cheers
As a female prisoner on remand I found Pentridge just as it should be, a great deterrent. I was treated ok and found that the older girls did indeed seem at home and ran things pretty much.
Finding out that it is all being developed did sicken me, old prejudice I suppose. It does seem a waste to let it stand there empty or pull it down?
The photos made me feel sick, and I for 1 would never want to be inside there again. There were lice in my cell from the pidgeons nesting on the window ledge. The only other place to go was the observation cell, no thanks. I feel sorry for the guys/girls who spent too much time there, but if not there somewhere else hey?
I learned my lessons the hard way, but it wasn't too hard to know I didn't want to go back in there.
That was back in 82. Here's to moving on, if Pentridge can do it we all can.
Thanks for the "as it is today" comments, fantastic.
Hi does anyone have any info on a prisoner Gary Rampling ,he was there during the 80,s and early 90,s.please email Ken at email.. email@example.com. thanks heaps.
Hey there, this place looks cool - does anyone know how to get in?? cheers
I'm interested to no of they still do tour or no anyone that can get us in for a look inside?
Omg those doors don't remember the brown ones, didn't have them in b annex.
Just the heavy black ones - thick, cold, final.
Cannot believe anyone would willingly want to live there
My dad died in that prison. They use to drug him up on dilactol because he use to stand up for himself and try stop 5 screws from beating him when they had nothing better to do. He died on the 30th March 1987, not long before he was due for release. He was left laying on his dirty cell floor for two days. He's autopsy was carried out on the 15th October 1987, 6 months after we burried him. Rigamortis had set in by the time he was laid to rest and he's autopsy report reads "cerebral neoplasm secondary to epileptic seizure". Funny, he was on dilactol which is a very strong sedative, difficult to fit on and he had a fractured skull, black eye and missing teeth. Coroner must have missed all that. I'd like to see what the men who actually lived through this hell have to say about the inhumane treatment they recieved and like my dad always said "products of society" I'd also like to meet the screws who are far more heartless and evil then any prisoner that ever served time there. People should not live where other were brutally attacked physically and mentally.
most of the screws were worse than the crims gutless mongrels bashings in packs most were weak poms with no heart
oh, and brad, the only reason u got shipped around so much is that u asked to be put into protective custody and u we're a petty thief. U never ever did serious time. In the grand scheme of things, ur a pimple on a pumpkin who really has nothing to brag about. Why anyone would think being in jail is something to brag about anyway is beyond me.
look out dazza of brissy, the original bad arse brad bonica had said ur full of shit! Big words coming from a woman bashing drug addict who cried ever time he was sentenced and pleaded with mummy and daddy to get him out, cause he was too scared the big bad men might get him! Yep brad ur well known, not for being a big time crook, but a big time sook who couldn't punch his way out of a paper bag! Ur a douche!
Pats what a load of rubbish bags of bones, dogs not entering D Div and bodies forgotten in cells what are you a fiction writer ?
Pentridge as it currently stands: D division has been converted into a wine cellar, B and E division stand derelict and thankfully heritage protected. The end triangular section at the end of D Division is to be made into a memorial garden. However, Ned Kelly's grave along with 33 others was located on the left hand side of D division. This grave was found after a construction worker on the site was killed on the exact same spot as the mass grave. Heavy machinery which fell on top of the deceased worker was dug out and the remains were found. Ironically, the surname of the deceased worker was Kelly. There is now an apartment block being built over the grave site. F Division is being renovated into office blocks and in the basement of F Division remains of a 10 year old boy were located in a cell, forgotten for over a 100 years. Also bags of human bones were located in F division. No-one knows the identity of these remains and when or how they perished.
H Division still stands in its glory. Occasionally, the rear entrance will be left unlocked. One side of H Division is available for public inspection. You can see the metal traps at the bottom where meals were served. The industry section has been converted into apartments. The nurses accommodation has been converted into a reception centre. The metro reception area has been turned into a restaurant/cafe. Most of the buildings near the front gate lay derelict and waiting for impending (shameful) redevelopment. I am a Forensic Pathologist and have had a long history associating with the deeds of those who were sent to Pentridge, along with the deeds of those committed whilst they were in Pentridge. I must not forget the copious amounts of suicides which occurred within those walls. Pentridge is a model of the English penal system of segregation. It should be preserved as part of Melbourne's cultural (if not dark) heritage. As for those 'psychic' amongst us: Pentridge is a peaceful place and it does not emit any eerie vibes. I admit a couple of Rottweilers refused to enter H Division but I have never experienced anything creepy or 'spiritual' there. I think people imagine these things.
interested in all the posts....some took me back a long long ways...to 1981 as a screw in the metro jail, D, F division, jika and G division there until just after the jika riots...could never express the impact of working life in the jail was for me...entrenched in my soul...im shattered it has been closed down...
sorry dazza-brizzy but i think your full of shit you might have done 2 years but theres no way you spent two years in one cell not in d division the box writer would never let it happen i spent 86 87 88 on remand and im here to tell you that i had at least 15 diferent cells its just the way the place worked every time you went to court you would loose your cell and cellmate from there you would apply for a cell change to get back with your mate they didnt care where they put you you sound like you know alotabout nothing why dont you talk about some of the things that happened there like when i stood in activities and watched some of my freinds die in the jika fire of 87 or mabee when paul kremmen climbed up on the roof in88 and kicked in all the windows in the dome on the roof or mabee the time king richared and johny parlmer were going to run in to 2 yard and take on all 90 crooks why because they were mad the jails not scary it was the crooks that lived there thats wwhat made pentridge .i just got out again this time from mrc and all the old crooks still say send us back to pentridge it was our home away from home and i miss it
The photos do bring back memories especally cell 67 as that was the 4 outer that was in fact the death cell it had the wall knocked down between it and 67a as the door was never to be opened again this I know after spending nearly 2 yrs on remand 94-96 in cell 68 located in d division in fact have spent time in E div when they were 20 bed dorms b div when it was B transit for morwell wron wron etc last year on the way back from adelaide to bris stopped in and managed to get around E div to the old visit area between E and the main gate I remember D div had a series of yards shaped like a wedge they were 1 yard remand 2 yard sentanced 3 yard which was for 23 hour lock ups and then 4/5 yard which was for rock spiders I think they did something smart like make pegs then there was f yard that used to be the old f dorms 60 beds per dorm years ago I was surprised that you took a picture of 67 door but didnt take a pic of the old hanging trap behind you as it was only 6 steps from the door to the centre of the trap, D div nice place to look at in the last moments of your life if you look on google earth behind D you will see a small triangle area on the north/east corner that is where they buried you they took you from the rope through the D hospital and into the ground funny I remember standing on the muster line in D and directly under the trap was a drain grate built into the floor ah the memories
Having read as many books I could find on the place, I was lucky to finally tour Pentridge just after it closed down. I am a psychic and I can tell you that I have never felt such bad energy in all my life. It took me about 2 weeks to finally get the feeling of that place off me. The worst energy was in the psych unit, in particular Julian Knights cell. I struggled to even enter that building, and i felt suffocated by the evil and dark energy in there. Jika Jika also had a very bad effect on me as a psychic. The feeling was of despair, desperation and anger. I was frightened in there and refused to enter a few of the cells.
I am so glad I got to tour the prison before it was knocked down. I had been facinated by it for years, but to actually go inside and experience the "vibe" has made me realise what a hellhole that place was. I dont know how anyone can live on that site, as a psychic, i would NEVER build a house on that ground.
hi there just had a look at your photos and it made the memorries flood back then i saw my old cell no136 one of many i was put in in the late 80s.i remember one night i saw some goose get his head stuck in the trap they slimed him up with butter to get his head back in.i to broke back in back in 2007 i took about 8 people with me i gave them my version of a tour i even pointed out where ned was .but its not very smart to take photos of crime in action so i didnt even think of that whis i had i wanted to get caught for that b&e just to see the look on the beaks face and bernies face would have been worth a look to.what a shame the old place is gone i have done time since it closed and all i heard was send us back to pentrige and i agree.doing time just isnt the same!!!!!!!!.brad
My dad (died when I was 5) apparently spent some time there with his cousin, anyone who has any info could they please contact me via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I worked @ Pentridge for 10 years mainly in what you have called the Infirnary, and i dont care about the quality of the photo's it all brought back so many memories.it seems like nothing has changed since the last days in 1997 thanks.
so there are people here leaving comments that have actually spent time in pentridge?????
does anyone here know the name robert parslow then?
We have a Pentridge door food trap, similar to the one in the photo in photo gallery. We are interested in the value of this item. ?
Yes Adam you are right that there were many Rock spiders in pentridge but not in any Division that i spent time as you seem to know they were a protected speaces so for those that realy know the mainstream population didnt get anywere near child sex offenders so adam kepp ya hand of of it as if you had of been there then you would know it wasnt hjard 2 get 2 who ever you wanted to 2 so does that mean the rope is for you also as crime is crimebut with such insight to whatv you have left as a comment then i spose you are right ......!!!!!!!!!! NOT!!!!!!!!
Dot i know Miss Merlo she had such a hard time over the book she wrote she stood up for what she thought was right i sugest you read the book H Division Auther Doug robbinson that a Division Miss Merlo didnt get to serve as an officer in i was there when she was employed in D Division but H Division realy says what prison was like at least as i knew it. Lumpy.
I suggest to everyone who reads this to get the book "SCREW" Observations and revelations of a prison officer. By Pat Merlo. Hudson publications. This true account of the real goings on within the correctional services should be read by everyone remotely interested in justice and Pentridge. I know all the facts contained within this autobiography are totally true with documents to prove all allegations within this well written book.
As long as H Division is pulled down who cares i spent many a long night in that HELL hole i was glad to see the back of it when it closed down in 94
You say you live in the redevelopment? What parts are still intact? Is the original H-Division still there, and if so what is it being used for now? I would be interested to know what original parts still remain undeveloped.
I spent time in the place. As I see it open it and the others like it once more. No rights just time to think about the children you raped and murdered, the elderly raped and murdered, the innocent young girls raped and murdered, the children abducted never to be seen again. Yeah I got 2 rock spiders got caught in I went. All these f88king metro sexual reformists who want to rehabilitate prisoners look at what they have done. Bring back the rope. And if you think I'm oh so horrible... Lady taxi driver at work one night in Bris. Her next fare murdered her. The 2 children she had went from model A students to model Z students. He was allowed to complete High school then Uni. Counseling for the boy and girl??? Nothing! Support?? Nothing! But oh yes we must consider the welfare of the prisoner. Give me a call and I'll tell you what these bastards have done and continue to do. Harley
Valid points for somewhere else maybe????? What all that has to do with the re-development I don't know...
hey harley Rider
mate, i agree, its sickening that our society lets this happen.
In the UK, prisoners who rape and murder have the joy of playing playstation in prision, and they get to complete uni degrees and the like
But, this site isnt about that
i do agree
I spent time in the place. As I see it open it and the others like it once more. No rights just time to think about the children you raped and murdered, the elderly raped and murdered, the inocent young girls raped and murdered, the children abducted never to be seen again. Yeah I got 2 rock spiders got caught in I went. All these f88king metro sexual reformists who want to rehabilitate prisoners look at what they have done. Bring back the rope. And if you think I'm oh so horrible... Lady taxi driver at work one night in Bris. Her next fare murdered her. The 2 children she had went from model A students to model Z students. He was allowed to complete High school then Uni. Counselling for the boy and girl??? Nothing! Support?? Nothing! But oh yes we must consider the welfare of the prisoner. Give me a call and I'll tell you what these bastards have done and continue to do. Harley
hey andy williams
sounds like you have it right
is it true about the motion sensors, patrols etc
I would love to watch a sunset from the tower
yes there will be a museum in side a certain part of the prison
I would like to access information re. an employee at Pentridge Stockade (Female) at around 1918-1919. Would be appreciated. Denise
On the three "stairway" picture we may see a 10 souls of ghost's who hunt this place... at night > Nice cath forbidden-places
I live in Pentridge. And it has not been destroyed as all you nay sayers say it has or will be. I live in the bootery and it is Heratidge Listed and very difficult to do anything to this place without heratidge say so. I love this place just as much as all of you that have commented previously and am so happy to be able to live here and it's not just wasted space!.. I have a guards tower in my back yard along with a 20 something foot bluestone wall. I drive through a beautiful bluestone arch to get in to where I live and have an 1800's building across a bolarded lane that I live in. I can spend Sunday afternoons on top of the guards tower, basking in the sun light, looking out across Melbourne city and surrounding suburbs. Now I realise that it's been 5 years since the original comments. So hopefully you don't feel that way anymore. The better part of Pentridge is still the same as it was for the last hundred years. And I believe it will stay that way. Especially now that it's heratidge listed. I say bring Pentridge back into our lives. Don't just leave it to rot away and disappear from both memory, history and landscape.
I've heard rumours that the front part of Pentridge is going to be reopened as a museum, or at least opened for visitors. Just wondering if anyone else has any info on this?
I am a Coburg resident & I thought it would be a shame to lose the bluestone buildings. I am happy to say most of it has been left. There is a wonderful cafe/restaurant (Della Rose or Delle Rose) just near D Division on Urquhart Street and it has a lovely feel believe it or not. You are sitting amongst blue stone in the most magnificent rose garden. Staff wear prison stripes and the food is good. There is a fountain in one of the gardens. Most of the buildings are of historical interest and I couldn't imagine them being demolished.
I was hoping that I could get some information on how to access old records. On researching our family tree I have discovered that my grandfather's brother Albert Ristuccia, was a boxer in Melbourne in the 1920's, and he served some time in Pentridge Prison. I am trying to fill in the gaps in my family's history and would be grateful for any assistance, thanks
I am a teacher of Reiki. In May 1992, I was one of a small number of folk from outside who went into Pentridge to train a group of prisoners in our practice. It was a transformational experience for both prisoners and ourselves. During our visit, we were given the run of the cell block and prisoners even showed us over their cells, and talked about their lives behind bars. We had a unique experience for people from outside the walls. What a grim place! I will never forget! Now that the place is closed, it is great to have the chance to explore again.
i was there for four years,79/83.took part in the moomba festival,i was the 2nd juror in the play 12 angry men. we won that year from what i can remember. a division. j div. then to morwell river.back to d div.then to ararat.then back to d. b glad 2 hear from anyone who was there @ th time.
Its now become housing
Can anyone tell me if there was a riot at Pentridge 1965/66?
Does anyone know if H division has been demolished?
could somebody tell me where in Melbourne Pentridge is located
total shame this place got closed down, so much potential for hotel or a musem or even just leave it open in memory of what it was. i remember the tour i went on with my school amd all teh stories and history that was told. biggest mistake in history to demolish this large piace of melbourns history. if advitised correctly.... could have made alot of money and brought alot of people to the northern suberbs. once again. DAMN SHAME. whoever authorised the demolition and who ever had the stupid idea, should be locked up for life.
i would realy like to no are you digging up all graves is so i wont to no about rege isacc he is very important to me
i realy need to no thank you chris attwell 0397505544 or 0400763030
to visit my friends in 97 just before it closed down. they were doing 8 years there
was recently lucky enough to be given a brief tour of a certain division(12/10/07)and it has been bought by an italian group who will be storing expensive wines there with 24 hour security,but hope to open a small part as a tourist attraction,and will be transforming the rest into fancy apartments and gardens with fountains and fine cafes ,quite a transformation,over 10 years they say they will be spending millions of dollars,and if you look from the outside you can see it is already underway,i wil be looking out for a chance to visit again in the near future,maybe they should open up more like the old melbourne jail
a lot of memories looking st your pics,i had a lot of friends that were there all of them good people in one way or another, its such a shame ! the blue stone motel was a huge part of history....they should have left it well enough alone !...great site
Hi, how can I download these photos?
im really dissapointed in seeing there's hardly anything left of pentridge i think it's wrong they shouldnt have been able to touch the building what ever happend to old melbourne the whole lot of old buildings seem to be getting knocked and houses built whats going to happen to melbourne's old history but great photo's guys did you's actually get permission to go in there i would have loved to have gone in there but doesnt look like ill get the chance now there's nothing really there anymore!!
I know, these photos are disappointing, their quality is quite bad. I will regret it for a long time... One year later, with my current photos skills, the results would be much better... I guess I will not have a second chance of going back there again...
i cant put into words how excited i was to see that you had explored pentridge. especially so recent. shame about the fact there isnt as many photos, but still, such a pleasure to get to see the ones you took. really, really, awesome.