...a place in the KellyGang story
The Melbourne Gaol was commenced in 1852-64. The women's gaol was opened in 1871
The present building had a women's gaol down the hill in what is now the RMIT. There was a hospital and houses for the wardens etc
Plans to close part of the gaol (Argus13/11/78)
In about November 1878 Mrs Kelly was transfered into the women's part of the gaol
Ned Kelly's arrival at the Melbourne Gaol after the Glenrowan seige 7/1880
Mr John Buckley Castieau was the Governor of the Melbourne Gaol, he recieved Ned Kelly on his arrival from Glenrowan. See (Argus30/6/80) (OMA1/7/80)(MDTel1/7/80) (JJK)
Dr Shields the Gaol doctor, examined Ned Kelly with Dr Ryan and had him placed in a water bed. The doctors reported that Ned Kelly was, 'healthy and exceptionally clean. 'Most serious wound in left arm. Ball struck when arm was bent, entering mid-way between wrist and elbow, passing through arm and piecing it again above the elbow. Four slug wounds in right thigh and leg. Slugs in right hand near thumb prevented him from using rifle. Shot in left foot near big toe, bullett passing through instep. Kelly suffering mental depression.'
Later the Reverend FJ Aylward from St Patrick's Cathederal came to see Ned Kelly. He passed the news of what happened on to Mrs Kelly. Some time later Mr Castieau let Mrs Kelly see Ned for half an hour (Argus 30/6/80)
Dr Shields looked after Ned Kelly very well. He was his prize prisoner and the task was to get Ned fit enough to stand trial in Beechworth. On 1/8/1880 Ned Kelly was given a blue suit and told he was to get himself ready yo go to Beechworth. It was time for his commital hearing in the Beechworth Court of Petty Sessions. ( see Argus 30/6/80 for details of Ned Kelly's condition on arrival and how he was looked after and my official medical report on him)
Dr Barker was the chief medical officer, He saw Ned Kelly in his last days. (BWC)
Mrs Skillion, Kate Kelly and James Kelly tried to see Ned Kelly (OMA8/7/1880)
Dr Shields took a bullet out of Ned Kelly's foot when he returned from his committal hearing in Beechworth (Argus16/8/80)
Dr Shields certified that Ned Kelly was fit to travel to Beechworth for his committal. (Argus2/8/80)
Ned Kelly's Execution
Ned Kelly's last few hours (Argus12/11/80)
The Gaol was formally closed in 1929
Was Ned Kelly's body found (Argus13/4/1929)
The Old Melbourne Gaol is now operated by the National Trust as a Museum. It has housed one of the 4 suits of KellyGang armour. See http://www.nattrust.com.au
The Gaol as it exists today consists of the main prison for men. There was another part that looked similar to the existing part that was behind the existing building that went down towards Swantson street. It contained the women's block where Mrs Kelly was imprisoned. There was another block in the middle that made the Gaol into a T shape.
In 2001-2002 the National Trust hosted Ned the Exhibition, a display of items of Kelly memorabilia.
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