Fremantle Prison is calling for donations of artefacts to grow the Prison’s collection and encourage the return of objects with a connection to the Fremantle Prison site.

The Fremantle Prison Collection is diverse, comprising approximately 12,000 items, including:

  • photographs
  • documents
  • furnishings
  • artworks
  • tools
  • clothing and textiles
  • institutional paraphernalia
  • letters
  • weapons; and
  • archaeological material

The Collection spans the entirety of the Prison’s operational life, from the beginning of construction in 1851 through to 1991 when the Prison was decommissioned and closed.

It includes items of varying significance from ones with international and national heritage value, to others that tell a local story.

Fremantle Prison will be holding two ‘donation open days’ during which people can bring their items and discuss the donation and care of the items with the Prison’s curatorial team.

The next donation day is Saturday 26 May, being held as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival. Our curatorial team will be available from 10am - 3pm.

The second donation day will be Saturday 9 June.

If you have any items you would like to donate please download a pre-donation form available here to complete and bring with you on the day.