Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Historic Site in Central Hobart & the Waterfront

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The courtrooms, cells and gallows here at 'the Tench' had a hellish reputation in the 1800s: a stint here was to be avoided at all costs. This perhaps goes some way towards explaining how these amazing old convict-built structures have survived in the middle of Hobart in original condition into the 21st century. Take the excellent National Trust–run tour, or the bookings-mandatory Penitentiary Chapel Ghost Tour.

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