Underground Overground Achaeology article on Lyttelton Gaol

The Lyttelton Gaol, constructed between 1851 and 1861 on Oxford Street, has always fascinated us, particularly the role the Hard Labour Gang played in the construction of the town’s walls.


The Lyttelton Gaol, date unknown. Image: Cyclopedia Company Limited 1903.

Underground Overground Archaeology recently published an article called ‘The Big House in the Little Town‘ explaining the reasons why the prison was built here and the role the prisoners, and executions,  played in the town. The H.L.G. was used thorough the harbour, building the prison itself, Lyttelton’s distinctive red retaining walls, the wharf and even the fortifications on Ripapa Island.


“Lyttelton Gaol,” Voices Against War



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