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Adelaide Gaol Heritage Site

The Adelaide Gaol is one of the oldest remaining colonial public buildings in Adelaide and is the site of some of the State's more interesting, grisly past. Over those gruelling 147 years, the Gaol housed some of the state's most notorious and dangerous criminals. Almost 300,000 prisoners whiled away some time at His (or Her) Majesty's pleasure, and 45 unfortunates were executed within its walls - including the only woman to be executed in South Australia. It was decided in the early 1980s that the Adelaide Gaol would be closed and on 4 February 1988 the Gaol was officially decommissioned.