Friday, March 23, 2012

A visit to Albany

We have now enjoyed two days sightseeing in Albany (around trying to sort out our computer repairs). We took a historic walk in Albany looking at various hotel and shop buildings from the time of early settlement. We also visited the Old Gaol which was built to accommodate convicts mainly. This building has been very well maintained and certainly sent some shivers down the spine. The prison had separate men and women sections with the original kitchen, bakery and laundry with the equipment still in place. The women prisoners cooked and cleaned etc for the prison and the men were contracted out to the "free" settlers on a daily basis as labourers.

The volunteer on duty was delighted to have an audience for her stories of prisoners and it was hard to get away from her! Still it did make the visit more interesting.

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