On Monday the 5/6’s went to the Treasury Building, and the Old Melbourne Gaol. They split into two groups, Miss Baker’s class and the year 5’s from Mrs Cranston’s class, and Mr Gorman’s class and the year 6’s from Mrs Cranston’s class. The first group went to the Treasury building first and then to the Old Melbourne Gaol, and luckily they got to go to the State Library to have a look at Ned Kelly’s armour. At the Treasury Building everyone learnt lots of interesting facts about gold, Ned Kelly, the gold rush and where the governor and government go to discuss laws.
At the Old Melbourne Gaol we had a guide giving us a tour around the Gaol and its cells. We also saw where Ned Kelly spent his last hour before he was hanged. We also saw where he got hanged and the guide said that his feet were tied up, his hands were tied and he had a bag over his head so he didn’t know when the hangman was going pull the lever. The lever was used for opening the trap door, leaving Ned hanging.
After that we went into a cell, sat down on the floor and the guide asked us if it was cold and we all said, “Yes!” Then she told us about these two guys that tried to escape. It all started when Smith and Stornten heard there was a pipe coming to suck up all the sewage. They knew this was their chance to escape so they asked the guards if they could go to the toilet. They said yes, so Smith and Stornten went to where the sewage was. Instead of doing their business they jumped into the poo and wee and waited for the pipe to come. When the pipe came Smith and Stornten crawled up the pipe and when Smith got to the top of the pipe he jumped out and ran. One of the guards spotted Smith running down the road and started firing at him. Smith was hiding behind a bush and the police were looking for him. The warden had a son that was walking home from school and he saw a man covered in poo. He yelled, “Hey, he’s over here.” So Smith went back to jail. But Stornten was smart and he stayed in the pipe so the police would forget about him. A couple minutes later he had his chance to go, he looked left and he looked right. “Now!” he said to himself. He made a run for it and knew he was free, but a split second later a guy came around the corner and spear tackled Stornten to the ground. Luckily for Stornten he was still as wet as a slug so he slipped out and ran away. But Stornten wasn’t very clever and robbed a bank in Sydney. Again he got caught and put into Gaol. When he was at the Gaol a guard from the Old Melbourne Gaol was there, he spotted Stornten, and Stornten said his name was Summerville. The guard said, “No, you’re defiantly Stornten.” He sent Stornten back to the Old Melbourne Gaol. When they were on the boat the policeman unlocked his cuffs because they were in the middle of the ocean. But Stornten jumped of the boat and no one knows what happened to him after that!
After that we went to the State Library of Victoria and saw Ned Kelly’s heavy weighted armour. We also saw Ned’s death mask and Harry Power’s revolver. It was a really, really, good and exciting excursion.
By James and Ed
Excursion to Old Melbourne Gaol and Treasury Building on PhotoPeach