Victoria Prison at Old Bailey Street, Hong Kong
The prison was completed on 4 August 1841. It was originally known as the Victoria Gaol and is said to be the first western building constructed of durable material in Hong Kong. The prison still retains the facade of Victorian architecture, having been built mostly of granite and brick.
The gaol compound continued to be renovated and expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and after the Second World War it served as a remand prison and later as a part of the Immigration Department. The prison began to receive illegal immigrants and Vietnamese refugees in the early 1980s. It was decommissioned in 2006.
The old Victoria Prison Compound, the old Central Police Station Compound and the former Central Magistracy form a unique cluster of buildings, which allow the historical development of the institutions of law and order in Hong Kong since the mid-19th century to be traced.
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