Agency VA 1003
Geelong Prison (established as H.M. Gaol, Geelong)
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Date Range: Circa 1851 - 1991
 
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The first gaoler was appointed to H.M. Gaol, Geelong on 5 February 1851 (at this time, however, the gaol was still only a watch house). As early as 1848 tenders were called for the construction of a gaol. The gaol was designed by Henry Ginn and officially opened in 1854.

By 1874 it was noted that the Gaol was being used to some extent as an invalid depot. In 1914 the prison was considered as the 'hospital gaol of the State', receiving male criminal invalids from Pentridge and other gaols. In 1924 part of the gaol was apparently proclaimed as a reformatory prison under the Indeterminate Sentences Act 1908, although this could not be confirmed by the Victorian Government Gazette.

In 1939 the gaol was evidently transferred to the Commonwealth for use as a Military Gaol. From 5 February 1947 the institution was re-proclaimed as 'H.M. Gaol, Geelong' for use by the State of Victoria. On 26 April 1972 the gaol was proclaimed as 'Her Majesty's Training Prison, Geelong' under provisions within Part IV of the Social Welfare Act 1970.

By 1990, the Geelong Prison was operating as a medium security prison with a minimum security annexe.

Geelong Prison closed in 1991 after the opening of the maximum security prison Barwon the previous year.

 
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? 1926 - 1988 Visiting Justice's Report Book VPRS 5215 North Melbourne Open
? 1980 - 1990 Governor's Diaries VPRS 12935 North Melbourne Closed
1851 - ? 1868 Administrative Records VPRS 8064 North Melbourne Open
1886 - 1888 Circulars Register VPRS 5208 North Melbourne Open
1910 - 1964 Police Receipts For Prisoners Received Or Transferred Book VPRS 5209 North Melbourne Open
1923 - 1948 Salary Book VPRS 10904 North Melbourne Open
1933 - 1955 Calendar Of All Prisoners Awaiting Trial In Geelong Gaol VPRS 5206 North Melbourne Open
1933 - 1961 Register of Prisoners Summarily Dealt With VPRS 5207 North Melbourne Open
1936 - 1976 Inspector General's Request Book VPRS 5214 North Melbourne Open
1936 - 1978 Prisoners Received Register VPRS 5205 North Melbourne Open
1937 - 1967 Medical Officer's Journal VPRS 10128 North Melbourne Open
1949 - 1972 Prisoners Discharge Book VPRS 5212 North Melbourne Open
1950 - 1959 Requests To The Governor Book VPRS 5211 North Melbourne Open
1955 - 1977 Prisoners Personal Applications To The Visiting Justice VPRS 5217 North Melbourne Open
By 1941 - By 1952 Prisoners Personal Description Book VPRS 5203 North Melbourne Open
By 1947 - Circa 1955 Register of Prisoners Received and Discharged VPRS 10870 North Melbourne Open
By 1961 - 1977 Governor's Punishment Register VPRS 5210 North Melbourne Open
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1851 - 1991 Prisons and Youth Training Centres VRG 9