Today we decided to hire the car a day earlier than we planned. The cost of taxis would have been more expensive than the car for the extra day. It also meant we now qualified for unlimited kms which will be great .
After collecting the car we headed off for Fannie Bay Gaol ( I always like goals) . We wandered round this gaol It opened in 1882 and inmates were removed in 1979. In 1942 the inmates were released in an amnesty in respect of the bombings. In 1952 a gallows was built under secrecy in the infirmary . Two hangings were recorded here in relation to the murder of a taxi driver in 1950. During Cyclone Tracy the older buildings survived the impact. In 1979 the inmates were moved to the new Berrimah Gaol and Fannie Bay gaol was then made into a museum.
Just walking through the old stone buildings, then the newer fibro ones, you can imagine the oppression of heat in this place for prisoners. The cells were small with no real windows. As much as gaols intrigue me , and I always wonder about the spirits left lingering, I couldn’t linger here long. I was literally melting n the 38C heat. As we walked back to the car my eyes glanced over the beautiful blue of the sea here. Sad about the signage advising not to enter the water…box jellyfish and crocs.
Next stop was the Darwin Military Museum. It was an interesting site and most importantly offered lots of shade as you moved amongst the exhibits and some even were in air conditioned rooms 🙂 This was Brian’s favourite spot. We spent almost four hours exploring it.
Had an easy take away fish and chips dinner which we ate as a picnic in our air conditioned room overlooking that sea! 🙂 Later in the evening we strolled out for a cold rock ice cream then it was home to watch My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding 🙂 then to pack up ready to depart tomorrow