Doors, Jail; Unknown manufacturer; 1888?; WY.0000.1480

Name/Title

Doors, Jail

About this object

These are cell doors from the old Wyndham police station.

It is thought that perhaps the very first prison cell in Wyndham was on a property on the north side of Ferry St between Alma and Balaclava Streets. It is said that here a large house which looked like an old style barn,with a hen-run, a place for keeping cows and a stable were all on the same property. In part of this property there was a cell, the door of which had a grill with bars across it, high up near the roof, and the door is said to have been 6-8 inches thick with beveled edges so as to jam shut.

The first recorded mention of a police station was in 1888 when the Town Clerk wrote to the Minister of Lands referring to Block XV, which was about to be built on and used for a police camp. The old police house, on the corner of Balaclava and Florence Streets, along with stables and cells, were likely built at this time. A replacement house was built on the neighbouring corner of Balaclava and Raglan Streets in the 1960s, and 30 years later a detachment office facing Raglan St was constructed.

It is believed these cell doors came from the station which was built in 1888.

Maker

Unknown manufacturer

Maker Role

Manufacturer

Date Made

1888?

Period

1880s

Place Made

Unknown

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, vegetal, wood
inorganic, processed material, metal, iron

Measurements

h 2600 mm x w 860 mm x d 165 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Buildings and Structures

Subject and Association Keywords

Emergency Services

Object Type

architectural elements

Object number

WY.0000.1480

Rights

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