|Jewell's water pump on the banks of the Barwon just east of the Barwon|
(Moorabool Street) Bridge, note the horse-drawn
water cart taking on water at the tank
|This photo shows female prisoners at Brisbane's Boggo Road Gaol in 1903|
but female prison attire would have been similar in Victorian gaols in earlier decades.
Photo held by the Queensland State Library
The first mention I find of adult female prisoners being held in Geelong Gaol (as distinct from the Myers St Industrial School For Girls which operated in the gaol's east wing from 1865 to 1872, housing girls aged between 9 and 16) is a record of 10 female "lunatics" at the gaol in 1857, whilst an information board at the gaol itself indicates female prisoners as early as 1860. I imagine therefore it was possible that women were held at the gaol from its earliest days, in addition to those held at South Geelong. In 1873 it was remarked that female prisoners were being retained in the Geelong Gaol rather than being sent to Pentridge. By 1888 there were 72 women being held in the Geelong Gaol.
|East wing of the Geelong Gaol, used as a girls' industrial school 1865-1872|
I can find no mention of the closure of South Geelong Gaol.