Adelaide Gaol FAQs
Why is it 'Gaol' as opposed to 'Jail'
Gaol is the original and official English spelling of the
word and Jail is the American version.
Was capital punishment used in the Adelaide Gaol?
Yes, both capital and corporal punishment in the form of floggings
or whippings were used until the early 1960s. Although these forms
of punishment were not used after the 1960s, the law wasn't repealed
What was the maximum number of prisoners held in the Gaol?
In the early 1960's the Gaol held a total of 440 prisoners.
How many people have been hanged in the Adelaide Gaol?
A total of 45 people including one woman were hanged in various locations
around the Gaol.
When was the Adelaide Gaol built?
George Strickland Kingston drew up the plans for the Adelaide
Gaol in May 1840. The contractors, Borrow and Goodiar commenced
construction in July 1840.
Is the Gaol haunted?
Over the years there have been many recorded and documented incidents
of paranormal activity at the Gaol. These paranormal activities
are continuing to this day.
When did the Gaol close?
The Gaol closed as an operating facility on 4 February 1988.
Am I able to visit the Adelaide Gaol?
Yes, refer to our Visit Us
page for guided History and Ghost Tour details. Self guided
tours are also available during the day time.
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