Historical information

The former Ballarat Gaol was commenced in 1856 and completed in 1862, This view looks up Lydiard Street South, and was taken before the Ballarat Courthouse was built south of the gaol in 1868. The wall was built from quarried basalt with local bricks. A system of burning the lime mortar between the joints and the shape of the wall meant it had a high degree of stability.
From 1870 on more buildings were constructed and these became the School of Mines and Industries Ballarat. The Gaol closed in 1965.

Physical description

Black and white image showing the former Ballarat Gaol.