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Panorama Roundhouse Fremantle 2010 Mar 20

The Round House is the oldest remaining building in Western Australia. Built in 1831 originally as a gaol, it was the first permanent building in the colony. It has eight cells and a gaolers quarters which all open up onto a central courtyard.

Being too small to house the influx of convicts in the 1850's, it was used as a police lock-up up until 1900 instead. Later as a house for the Chief Constable and his family.

Today it is open to the public and is a popular stopping point on the Fremantle Heritage Trail.

Copyright: Hans Fairhurst
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8500x4250
Taken: 20/03/2010
Uploaded: 20/03/2010


Tags: round house; convicts; fremantle; history
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