"Each massive door literally creaks beneath the most complicated though charmingly simple of locks, in the centre being a trap-door about a foot square, which opens outward to admit of the occupant's food supplies." - Visit to Pentridge, by 'Wanderer' in the Williamstown Chronicle, 1899.
Steel stairway in B Division. Despite the addition of some elements over the years to accommodate the challenges of an increasing - and increasingly violent - prison population, the heritage fabric throughout remains largely intact and original today.
"We also visited the chapel of the prison, and while there again fell into our imagining mood and pictured unto ourself the strange congregation of faces that must assemble there to be spoken to of things that they cannot understand and to which they rarely give any attention." - Charles Lane, 1878
In keeping with the principles of penitence, prisoners of The Panopticon were denied all contact with one another and isolated for long hours. Such practices did not have the reformative effect originally foreseen.