Ghoulish Grim Melbourne Gaol

Melbourne Gaol Hangman's Rope

Melbourne Gaol Hangman’s Rope

There’s something exceedingly eerie about the gruesome collection of death masks cast from the actual heads of executed prisoners. During the time of the Old Melbourne Gaol (jail), an astonishing 133 male and female prisoners were executed by hanging on the premises, the most infamous being Australian folk hero Ned Kelly. Equally disturbing were the stories of Martha Moore who paid a pittance to adopt children that she proceeded to murder and bury in her backyard or the tale of Martha Kneedle who poisoned her husband and daughters with arsenic.

Melbourne Gaol Ned Kelly Death Mask

Melbourne Gaol Ned Kelly Death Mask

Melbourne Gaol Emma Williams Death Mask

Melbourne Gaol Emma Williams Death Mask

Melbourne Gaol

Melbourne Gaol

Melbourne Gaol Hangman's Box

Melbourne Gaol Hangman’s Box

Melbourne Gaol Prisoner Hoods

Melbourne Gaol Prisoner Hoods

Melbourne Gaol Antique Cigarette Cases

Melbourne Gaol Antique Cigarette Cases

Melbourne Gaol Phrenology

Melbourne Gaol Phrenology

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About Jolee Pink

I am a California-based writer, designer, artist, super foodie and avid traveler. I view travel as a superlative learning experience and have visited nearly 50 countries. As the author of Living Coastal: Inspirations for Entertaining, Decorating and Cooking California Style, I brought together artists and chefs to capture the spirit of San Diego influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. My colorful ceramic sculpture has received national recognition and is on permanent display at Rady Children’s Hospital. I also design and market a boutique eco-friendly textile line featuring bold modern motifs based on nature, world travels and the southern California coastal lifestyle.
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