The Old Melbourne Gaol is a museum and former prison located in Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It consists of a bluestone building and courtyard, and is located next to the old City Police Watch House and City Courts buildings. It was first constructed starting in 1839, and during its operation as a prison between 1845 and 1924, it held and executed some of Australia’s most notorious criminals, including bushranger Ned Kelly and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming. In total, 135 people were executed by hanging. Though it was used briefly during World War II, it formally ceased operating as a prison in 1924; with parts of the gaol being incorporated into the RMIT University, and the rest becoming a museum.

The three-storey museum displays information and memorabilia of the prisoners and staff, including death masks of the executed criminals. At one time the museum displayed Ned Kelly’s skull, before it was stolen in 1978; as well as the pencil used by wrongly convicted Colin Campbell Ross to protest his innocence in writing, before being executed. Paranormal enthusiasts claim the museum is haunted, with claims of ghostly apparitions and unexplained voices near cells.

4 vertical exposures stitched together in AutoPano-
Single file converted to 3 exposures in Photoshop (-1, 0, 1)-
Tone mapped in Photomatix-
Also edited in Adobe Lightroom.

Canon EOS 1000D


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  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 4 years ago

    fantastic! :)

  • Thanks mate :)

    – Scott Sheehan

  • amyrey
    amyreyalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant work Scott.

  • Thanks for your comment Amy :)

    – Scott Sheehan

  • Clive S
    Clive Salmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Neeraj Nema
    Neeraj Nemaalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot, Scott.

  • Thank you Neeraj

    – Scott Sheehan

  • Prasad
    Prasadalmost 4 years ago

    Exceptional work, Scott

  • Thanks you Prasad

    – Scott Sheehan

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you Polly :)

    – Scott Sheehan

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 4 years ago

  • Wow! Thank you very much!

    – Scott Sheehan

  • olga  hutsul
    olga hutsulover 3 years ago

    Spectacular shot!!!

  • Thank you Olga :)

    – Scott Sheehan

  • Kat36
    Kat36over 3 years ago

    This looks so cool… neverending…. great work Scott :)

  • Thank you very much Kat :)

    – Scott Sheehan

  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 3 years ago

    a stunner Scott congrats even better LARGER JUST WISH RB WOULD IMPROVE PANO VIEWING

  • Thank you Phillip, I agree totally. There are so many great pano’s and to see them larger would be fantastic.

    – Scott Sheehan

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