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HM Prison Bendigo was a medium security prison facility located in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. The prison provided accommodation for prisoners assessed as suitable for treatment in the area of substance abuse and addictive/compulsive behaviours. The prison was opened in 1863 after building began in the 1850s. A major refurbishment which included sewering each cell was undertaken in 1993-94. Accommodation was mostly in single cells, with a small number of shared cells.

HM Prison Bendigo
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Bendigo Prison shortly after its closure in 2006.
LocationBendigo, Victoria, Victoria
Security classMedium Security
Managed byCorrections Victoria
Bendigo Gaol, 1861

The prison was officially closed on 5 January 2006 by Corrections Minister Tim Holding. [1].

On 17 April 2015 the prison was reopened as the 1000 seat theatre for the Bendigo community, ulumbarra.


Bendigo Prison’s Learning Centre siegeEdit

On August 20, 1987 John Dixon-Jenkins with a bomb around his neck took nine staff members hostage for over 46 hours in the prison library. One of the hostage Ms Kruytbosch has finally made her story public to the Bendigo weekly. [2]


Name Year of birth Date of execution Crime
Edward Hunter 1812 November 27, 1885 murder of James Power at Charlton.[1]
William Harrison March 18, 1889 murder of John Duggan near Bendigo.[1]
Charles John Hall 1872 September 13, 1897 for the murder of his wife Minnie Hall.[1]

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Coordinates: 36°45′16″S 144°16′49″E / 36.75444°S 144.28028°E / -36.75444; 144.28028