The ghost stories began after the 1952 execution (from gallows built in the infirmary) of Jerry Coci and Jonus Novotny, who had murdered a taxi driver.
Her Majesty's Gaol and Labour Prison at Fannie Bay
It was very apparent that a new place for incarceration needed to be built.
The infirmary was added in 1887 and in the 1920's a new structure was built for female prisoners complete with garden. Later seperate sections were built for aboriginal prisoners and those only held on remand. Finally in the 1950's Maximum security wings and a guard tower were built. A block for children prisoners was also built and was later used for housing refugees.
In 1952 new gallows were built at one end of the infirmary. - a pit was dug into the ground and simple brick walls were built either side to hold the wooden beam. A set of steps were located under the trapdoor so the body could be brought back out once death had been established. The condemned themselves were held in wire cages at the other end of the infirmary prior to execution. On the 8th of August that same year Jerry Coci and Jonus Novotny (sometime Nopoty), Romanian immigrants were hanged for the murder of a taxi driver. These were the last two executions to be carried out in Darwin.
After the executions, prisoners and officials did not like to be in the building after dark. The accomodation of prisoners within the building were met with resistance as people had seen and heard the ghosts of Coci and Novotny.
It is the infirmary that harbors the greatest of emotions. Anger, depression and fear have been reported by visitors but to my knowledge there has not been any incidences of the two executed been seen since the gaol was shut to prisoners.
It would also seem that all of the reported phenomena is more on a residual level, is not interactive. Perhaps the haunting is just the residual energies of the history itself?