Wolfgang

Wolfgang

Posted on 10/31/2010


Photo taken on February  5, 2006


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A cell in the Penitentiary of Port Arthur

A cell in the Penitentiary of Port Arthur
Here prisoners were hooded and made to stay silent, this was supposed to allow time for the prisoner to reflect upon the actions which had brought him there.Many of the prisoners in the Separate Prison developed mental illness from the lack of light and sound. This was an unintended outcome although the asylum was built right next to the Separate Prison. In many ways Port Arthur was the pin-up for many of the penal reform movement, despite shipping, housing and slave-labour use of convicts being as harsh, or worse, than others stations around the nation.

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