Rats, vomit and poets festered inside a notorious Bendigo prison

Tom O'Callaghan
By Tom O'Callaghan
November 26 2021 - 6:30pm
A VOICE FROM THE LOGS: "And there, where playful rats preside / Until the morning he must dwell" - poet Charles Thatcher on conditions in Bendigo's prison. Picture: ELLA PELLEGRINI

A POET awoke to find rats climbing across his face as he languished in what passed for Bendigo's prison in 1856.

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Tom O'Callaghan

Tom O'Callaghan

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