Corner Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart, Tasmania.     

Welcome to the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site web site.

Situated on the corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets in Hobart, Tasmania,  the Penitentiary Chapel was built  in the early 1830's according to the design of Irish born Colonial Architect and Civil Engineer John Lee Archer.

Originally designed as a Chapel for the growing male convict population in  Hobart Town, there was also the inclusion of 36 solitary confinement punishment cells, unlit and poorly ventilated, constructed beneath the Chapel floor. The Chapel served the adjoining Prisoners Barracks or Penitentiary. The site later became the Hobart Gaol.

In late 1859 the Nave and Eastern Transept of the Chapel were converted into two Supreme Criminal Courts. The western transept remained to become a Gaol Chapel with an Execution Yard and Gallows attached.

Today the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site remains a fascinating insight into Colonial Tasmania. A beautiful 1834 tower with the two Courtrooms remaining virtually unchanged for over 150 years, and the Gaol Chapel restored to display John Lee Archer's original design.

This is a private web site to reveal to the world one of Australia’s most significant heritage precincts.

 This Web site is not administered or controlled by the National Trust

View the Amazing Tasmanian Geographic Photospheres of the Site

As seen world wide on Ghost Hunters International

Watch Team Paranormal Australia's Investigation of the Site on

See Events page for scenes of  The First Fagin filmed in the Historic Site

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A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land

Simon Barnard has produced an outstanding large format, brilliantly illustrated, full colour book which belongs on the book shelves of every Australian.

The book contains several exceptional illustrations of the Prisoners Barracks, especially Simon's amazingly accurate depiction of the penitentiary Chapel

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Check out this brilliant review on Think-Tasmania
by Mike Fry of Strahan



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The last brilliant novel by Christopher Koch (twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award) is partly enacted  in the Historic Supreme Courtroom