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Life-size convict sculpture reflects Fremantle’s past

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Visitors to Fremantle Prison can now walk in the shadow of Western Australia's convict past, following the installation of a two-piece 14 metre metal silhouette along the Fairbairn Street entrance ramp.

The new interpretive sculpture depicts a group of life-size convicts and pensioner guards on their arrival to Fremantle, highlighting the ramp's significance as a historic convict pathway.

The Fairbairn Street ramp was originally built by convict labour from building rubble found on the Fremantle Prison site.

The ramp was the primary pathway along which convicts were led between the prison and convict transport ships anchored at Fremantle Port.

The Fairbairn Street ramp is located in the buffer zone of the World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison site

Located in the tourism precinct of Fremantle, Fremantle Prison is the largest convict built structure in Australia. In recognition of its significant heritage value it was the first Western Australian property to be included on the National Heritage List and is on the World Heritage List.

Fremantle Prison’s Main Cell Block is the largest and most intact convict built cell range of the former British Empire. In 2010, Fremantle Prison undertook a major conservation project to protect and restore the significant internal fabric of the Main Cell Block. This project, carried out by heritage architects and artisans, was overwhelmingly successful in protecting the significant heritage values and fabric of the Main Cell Block.

The prison is a major Western Australian heritage tourist attraction delivering a diverse range of unforgettable experiences. Guided tours are designed specifically for visitors seeking a heritage tourism activity.

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