Agency VA 1008
Castlemaine Prison
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Date Range: 1852 - 1990
 
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The beginnings of a prison at Castlemaine can be traced to the establishment of a police lock up in 1852. In 1856 construction of a permanent prison began. In 1859 most of the existing prison was demolished and construction began on a new structure based, like most other prisons constructed at the time, on the Pentonville design. The prison was completed in 1861 and the furst governor was appointed the same year.

In 1909 the prison became a Reformatory prison. The prison closed in 1951 when the Reformatory prison was moved to Langi Kal Kal.

In 1954 the prison repopened as a hospital prison, however the prison was soon operating as a regular prison due to overcrowding at other prisons.

The prison finally closed permanently in 1990 due to the opening of the new Loddon Prison.

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See also List of Holdings second edition, 1985, section 13.5.0.

 
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? 1859 - ? 1863 Daily Rations Issued to Prisoners VPRS 5342 North Melbourne Open
? 1861 - ? 1884 Record of Prisoners Charged Before the Visiting Justice VPRS 15847 North Melbourne Open
? 1877 - ? 1894 Clothing Possessed by Prisoners Upon Admission (1877-1894); Matron's Book (c1887-1891) VPRS 513 North Melbourne Open
? 1880 - ? 1884 Daily Distribution Of Prisoners And Labour Register (Transferred to Place of Deposit) VPRS 5346 Other Not Applicable
? 1881 - ? 1897 Payments For Services Supplies Journal (Transferred to Place of Deposit) VPRS 5460 Other Not Applicable
? 1884 - ? 1897 Register of Value of Prisoners' Labour (TRANSFERRED TO PLACE OF DEPOSIT) VPRS 542 Other Not Applicable
? 1888 - ? 1909 Weekly Movement Book (Transferred to Place of Deposit) VPRS 5355 Other Not Applicable
? 1896 - ? 1901 Sale Of Disposable Items Journal And Prisoners Postage Account (Transferred to Place of Deposit) VPRS 5351 Other Not Applicable
? 1898 - 1990 Governor's Diary VPRS 5349 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1899 - ? 1912 Stores Ledger VPRS 5461 North Melbourne Open
? 1954 - ? 1974 Register of Prisoners Charged Before The Governor VPRS 5353 North Melbourne Closed
1853 - ? 1902 Receiving And Personal Description Register VPRS 5341 North Melbourne Open
1858 - 1940 Officer And Warder Defaulter, Offence and Recommendation Book VPRS 10891 North Melbourne Closed
1869 - 1872 Weekly Return On Prisoners - Castlemaine (Transferred to Place of Deposit) VPRS 10908 Other Not Applicable
1870 - 1930 Governor's Diary VPRS 10855 North Melbourne Closed
1872 - 1877 Outward Letter Book VPRS 10848 North Melbourne Closed
1887 - 1943 Correspondence Registers VPRS 504 North Melbourne Open
1890 - 1913 Court Register (1890-1905; Register of Prisoners Discharged (1909-1913); Register of Prisoners' Requests for Remittance of Sentence (1919-1912) VPRS 5350 North Melbourne Open
1890 - 1945 Warders' Day and Night Report Book VPRS 10887 North Melbourne Closed
1894 - 1903 Daily State Of The Gaol Register VPRS 5343 North Melbourne Closed
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1852 - 1990 Prisons and Youth Training Centres VRG 9