Join Fremantle Prison’s experienced Tour Guides and learn about the confronting history of Aboriginal incarceration in Fremantle and Western Australia.

Aboriginal people have been incarcerated in Western Australian prisons since the early days of the colony, first appearing at Fremantle Prison in 1858 when the convict and colonial prison systems were merged. By 1954, the number of Aboriginal prisoners had increased significantly, with men, women and children incarcerated in great numbers. This was in part due to a legacy of discriminatory legislation that resulted in differential treatment for Aboriginal people. 

Life inside the Prison was difficult for many, but for Aboriginal inmates, there were often additional challenges; poor literacy levels, language difficulties, loneliness and isolation from family and community. However, there was also a strong tradition of singing and story-telling, as well as art, and in this way ties to culture and community continued, even behind bars. This legacy can be seen today within the Prison’s walls.

  • Saturday 4 May - 10.00am
Tour length 1 hour 15 minutes
Prices Gold Coin Donation
Wheelchair access This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams

Bookings essential || (08) 9336 9205 or email


 This tour is being held as part of the 2019 Australian Heritage Festival.