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One of Australia’s most significant convict precincts is only a short walk or Red Decker bus ride from Hobart’s CBD (at the ‘Hobart Convict Penitentiary’ stop).
The Tench, as it was known by its inhabitants, was the convict prisoners’ barracks for Hobart Town. It originally spanned over two acres and some 40,000 male convicts passed through the complex. Following the cessation of convict transportation, the site became Hobart Gaol.
Two wings of the chapel were converted into Tasmania’s Supreme Courts and were connected by tunnels to the gaol. An execution yard and gallows were brought to the site from the old Gaol.
This fascinating history can still be discovered in the buildings which remain – a captivating insight into over 175 years of Hobart’s shadier past.
Access to all areas is by guided tour and events only, book via our online booking system.