The Mugshot Exhibition

History Day 2018 marked the official unveiling of the Adelaide Gaol’s latest exhibition which comprises of mugshots from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Open for public viewing 10am-4pm daily, guests to the site will have the unique opportunity to learn the untold stories behind 9 Adelaide Gaol convicted prisoners, many who were hanged for their crimes in the wing directly above the exhibition. The photographs were recently rediscovered within the Gaol’s archives and have never been publically released, until now.

Guests will have the unique opportunity to not only see the faces, but also learn what led the prisoners to commit such horrendous crimes. One mugshot features Albert Bonfield, a 23 year old from Kensington Gardens, who was hanged at the Gaol in 1905 after shooting his girlfriend Caroline in a jealous rage. Guests can read the statement Caroline made during her final moments, declaring she was in fear of immediate death and that Albert had shot her.

* Please note content within this exhibition is not recommended for children’s viewing.