The entrance to Lyttelton Gaol ca 1900, Lyttelton Borough School at the right
Richard Wolf collection, Canterbury Museum 1977.406.1

This site remembers the women who were imprisoned at Lyttelton Gaol between 1868 and 1913. Theirs are difficult and often sad stories, but the women of Lyttelton Gaol are also part of our story as New Zealanders.

Here, you can find out who these women were, where they came from, and what crimes they committed. You can also read stories about the Gaol and some of its female prisoners.

The project includes a unique sound installation on the site of the Gaol in Oxford Street, Lyttelton, which will play throughout the 2018-19 summer. Why not make time to go and listen to it in the place where all of this happened? Take a picnic, enjoy the roses and the view, and give some thought to these women who once lived in our town, largely unseen.

If you can’t get there, don’t worry, you can also listen to the sound piece on this web site. Just follow the link in the menu.