History of the Limestone Lodge
Soon thereafter seventy five prisoners arrived at the colony and were accommodated within the harbormasters warehouse until a permanent prison could be built.
Between 1851 and 1859 the prison was constructed utilising the limestone from the nearby quarries. The first prisoners were moved to the still under construction gaol in 1855. Once construction had finished the 'chain gangs' were sent as labor for other public works, including the Fremantle Asylum.
The prison was originally titled the 'Convict Establishment' but was also known colloquially as 'the Limestone Lodge'
An interesting fact is that when the prison was being constructed, large, deep shafts were sunk into the bedrock, so that water could be sourced from natural limestone aquifiers. This water was so clean and pure that soon the prisoners were sent to work manually pumping water for the surrounding colony.
The want and need for this water was so great that over 1000 meters of horizontal tunnels were constructed under the prison, to allow better, more efficient access.
Fremantle Prison was officially decommissioned in 1991, after 136 years of continual use. In earlier years, royal commissions suggested the prison for closure due to conditions within the prison, which had caused more than one riot.
David John Birnie. David and his wife Catherine were a pair of serial killers who murdered four women (aged 15-31) at their Perth home - 3 Moorhouse Street, Willagee. The crime was known in the media as the Moorhouse Murders. David Birnie took his own life in 2005, the day before his court appearance for the rape of an inmate
One of the most disturbing encounters is that experienced by one gentleman as he was walking through section 1 (short terms, remand and juveniles). He was taking photos when he saw a shadow like figure walk out of one of the cells. It stood and turned to face him as it let out a yell/groan. This figure then bolted down a flight of stairs, its form disappearing as it did so. Only two out of thirteen shots of that section turned out, but unfortunately none to suggest the paranormal.