The Fremantle Prison’s new lives
August 24, 2015 Leave a comment
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the Fremantle Prison YHA. This is an excellent example of heritage adaptation that sees the World Heritage listed convict site given a new life as budget tourist accommodation adding more than 170 beds to Fremantle’s tourism offering. The YHA is in where the original laundry, bake house and cook house were which later formed the basis of what became the women’s prison. Female convicts were moved into it in 1888.
It was also great to hear I last week that the Fremantle Prison will be the set for a new feature film called The Fenian. This is based on the true story of the six Irish Fenian prisoners and their daring escape from Fremantle Prison in 1876.
This is a wonderful example of the Fremantle story continuing to evolve. The original Fremantle Prison complex was built in the early 1850s, accepting its first “guests” in 1855. The Fremantle Prison was closed as a correctional facility in 1991 and was World Heritage listed a few years ago. Check out the movie and some photos from the opening below: