Geelong Gaol

Tattoo Gun

This tattoo gun made from a plastic tooth brush, pen, tape and small battery motor. The gun was used to make tattoos on inmates within the Geelong Gaol. It was seized from an inmate in the late 1980s. At the time it was the oldest inhabited prison in Victoria. The Gaol was designed by Henry Ginn, the first colonial architect of Victoria. It was constructed between 1849 and 1864 using convict labour. The Gaol closed in July 1991.

Registration:
Gaol
Date:
c1986
Geelong Gaol

Drug Paraphernalia

Drug paraphernalia constructed using a red plastic condiment dispenser, a permanent marker tube and packing tape. This was used to inhale illicit drugs smuggled into the Geelong Gaol by prisoners and others. Seized from an inmate the late 1980s from the Geelong Gaol. (At the time it was the oldest inhabited prison within Victoria. It forms part of a unique collection of contraband items.)

Registration:
Gaol
Date:
c1986
Dimensions:
H10 x W12 x D2 cm
Geelong Gaol

Shiv

Shiv made from a Philips head screwdriver, bandage and sticky tape. The end has been sanded down to a point. It would have been used as a form of protection within the prison system. Seized from an inmate in around 1986 from the Geelong Gaol which was the oldest inhabited prison within Victoria. The Gaol was designed by Henry Ginn, the first colonial architect of Victoria. It was constructed between 1849 and 1864 using convict labour. The Gaol closed in July 1991.

Registration:
Gaol
Date:
c1986
Dimensions:
L24 x W2 cm
Geelong Gaol

Tattoo Gun

Part of a tattoo gun made from a plastic toothbrush and pen. The gun is missing the motor, ink and power cord. The gun was used to make tattoos on inmates in Geelong Gaol. It was seized from an inmate of in the late 1980s. At the time the Gaol was the oldest inhabited prison in Victoria. The Gaol was designed by Henry Ginn, the first colonial architect of Victoria. It was constructed between 1849 and 1864 using convict labour. The Gaol closed in July 1991.

Date:
c1986
Geelong Gaol

Knife

Contraband knife made from tape and a razor. It was used as a form of protection against prisoners in the gaol. Seized from an inmate of the Geelong Gaol around 1986, which was the oldest inhabited prison within Victoria. This is part of a unique collection of contraband items that memorialise the hardships of gaol.

Registration:
Gaol
Date:
c1986