1 Sep 2012

New Plymouth Prison

We had a good turn out today to sketch the New Plymouth Prison. It was a beautiful sunny warm spring day and everyone was keen.

This prison, dates from the 1870s, and it is the country's oldest prison still operating. Today it is used as a minimum to high-medium security facility for 112 prisoners, plus offenders on remand. It is due to be decommisioned on the 1st March 2013. It is listed as a Category I historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. It currently has 80 prisoners and that number is gradually being wound down.

It is now deemed an earthquake risk and unsuited to modern standards of justice, its doors will clang shut for the last time when most current prisoners will have finished their terms.

Here is my sketch:


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