50 YEARS HARD The Story of Pentridge Gaol from 1850 to 1900

Author: Prout (Denton) & Feely (Fred)
Year: 1967
Publisher: Angus & Robertson
First Edition
Edition Details: 1st UK edn.
Book Condition: F/Vg+
Price: 7.00
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Hardback. In sullen majesty, Pentridge Gaol glowers at the traffic of suburban Melbourne from behind incongruous flower-beds. Where it stands is dark and bloody ground. For more than a century, it was the battlefield of an undeclared war. On one side, the law, whose authority was once wielded as savagely as the cat o'nine tails. On the other, the prisoners, whose weapons were cunning, intrigue, and sometimes sudden desperate violence. Out of the first 50yrs of this battle, the authors have created a fascinating account of escapes, mortal combats, vicious tyrants, last-minute reprieves, and the myriad dramatic and pathetic details of life behind the grim stone walls. Their story echoes the whistling lash, the tramp of hopeless feet, the sombre thump of the gallows trap - and yet, in a sinister sense, it also conveys something of the defiant resilience of the human spirit. Illus. + Bibliog. 266pp. 8vo. h/back. F. in Vg+ pcdw which has a small closed tear to fr. cover. A tad musty.

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