#OnThisDay 21 September 1852 Francis Thomas Green became the last person to be publicly hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol. Green was convicted of murdering John Jones with a pistol at Buckley's Creek on 10 March 1852. The public gallows at the Gaol was set up outside the main gate in Forbes Street. There was also a private gallows inside the walls of the Gaol.
The last hanging in NSW occurred on 24 August 1939 at Long Bay Gaol.
Our exhibition Captured: Portraits of Crimes, 1870-1930 of NSW gaol photographic description books presents case studies of men, women and children who were incarcerated during this time and explores the stories, experiences and broader social and legal contexts that led to their imprisonment.