The Mugshot Exhibition
Forgotten mugshots discovered
One of the most intriguing exhibitions in Adelaide is open to the public.
History Day 2018 (as part of South Australia's History Festival) marked the official unveiling of the Adelaide Gaol’s latest exhibition which comprises of mugshots from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
A unique exhibition
Discover the rare and unique opportunity to learn the untold stories behind nine of Adelaide Gaol's convicted prisoners, many who were hanged for their crimes in the wing directly above The Mugshot Exhibition. The photographs were recently rediscovered within the Adelaide Gaol’s archives and have never been publically released, until now!
For the first time in years, you can not only see the faces, but also learn what led the prisoners to commit such horrendous crimes. Plus, there are letters of confession, contemporary news articles and execution notices to make this one exhibition that you'll remember.
One mugshot features Albert Bonfield, a 23 year old from Kensington Gardens, who was hanged at Adelaide Gaol in 1905 after shooting his girlfriend Caroline in a jealous rage. Read the statement that Caroline made during her final moments, declaring she was in fear of immediate death and that Albert had shot her.
Another of the prisoners, Lena Hart, was sentenced to three years' gaol in 1895 for trying to smother her newborn child, but was released six months later.
In the news: Adelaide's earliest prisoner mugshots.
Open for public viewing 10am - 4pm, daily. Adelaide Gaol visitor information.
* Please note content within this exhibition is not recommended for children’s viewing.