Continuation of my previous post-
I spoke about my visit to Melbourne
Gaol in my previous post. Here is the continuation of my experience
there. One of the Victorian History you get to experience here is
'death masks'. Everyone who were hanged during the Goal function were
recorded by making plaster cast of their skulls.
The study of Phrenology was in peak during 18th century. Death masks of criminals were made to understand the behavior of criminals based on the shape and skull markings.
Immediately after execution, head would
be shaved and made a plaster cast. Later these casts were used to
make wax replicas in order to study the skull patterns.
Almost all the cell in the Gaol has
been converted into exhibition room which explains the life of
prisoners. There are some heart breaking stories who faced execution
though they were innocents. Its a heavy feeling to walk from cell to
cell and read about the executions.
There was an Indian who was executed in
19th century, his name was Fatta Chand. He was charged
with a murder of fellow Indian and after trial, he was hanged in Melbourne Gaol.
|Death mask of fatta Chand|
Fatta Chand , Indian,executed in 19th century in Melbourne Gaol
Read About Ned Kelly in my next Post
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