The Roundhouseby Mark A. Hyland (MAHPhoto)
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The Roundhouse, Fremantle, Western Australia.
The Round House is the oldest building still standing in Western Australia. It is located at Arthur Head in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Intended as a prison, it had eight cells and a jailer's residence, all of which opened onto a central courtyard. The design was based on the Panopticon, a type of prison designed by philosopher Jeremy Bentham. It was used for colonial and indigenous prisoners until 1886, when control of the Convict Establishment prison (now Fremantle Prison) was transferred to the colony. After that, the smaller Round House was used as a police lockup until 1900, when it became the living quarters for the chief constable and his family.