Adult: $50, Concession & NTAV Members: $45
25 Nov 2023
Commencing at the Warders Building (Former Warders Residence)
Tales from Behind the Bluestone: Peter Prideaux, former Prison Officer
Peter Prideaux, former Prison Officer of Pentridge Prison, offers first-hand accounts of life working behind the bluestones.
Offering unique and rare insights into the history of Pentridge, with stories that reveal the complex relationships between prisoners and prison officers and the blurred lines that at times existed between them. Hear personal insights of someone tasked with administering justice, reward & punishment in the harshest area of Pentridge, H Division
Beginning in the former Warders Residence, be guided through the prison grounds, and hear the stories of life behind bars. The 90-minute journey includes time inside the maximum security unit H-Division, with a 30-minute Q&A session with Peter offering deeper insights.
Narrated by an experienced National Trust Guide who shares the sites complex history, coupled with Peter’s personal narratives, this tour brings Pentridge’s history to life, providing a unique and engaging perspective on the prison’s past.
About Peter Prideaux
Peter Prideaux served as a Prison Officer at Pentridge between 1984 and 1997. He was the first officer in Victoria who went directly into H-Division from the training academy and is credited with setting up emergency response units for the Prison.
Inside the Prison, the working relationship between officer and prisoner was often complex and during Peter’s time he became friends with the late Mark ‘Chopper’ Read when Read served time at Pentridge in the 1980s – even speaking at Read’s funeral.