Dan’s Thursday Doors
It was a bit fortuitous that today I went to town and drove down the street that the Grafton Goal is on. I went past there the other day with visitors I had for a few days and thought all the time I have lived here, I have never taken photos of the goal.
The goal was built in 1893 and was a maximum security facility. There wasn’t many escapees from the goal but the last one was in August 1992. Darko Desic managed to escape from Grafton Correctional Centre on the night of August 1, 1992 by using tools, including a hacksaw blade and bolt cutters. He was 13 months into his three-and-a-half year sentence for growing marijuana. Thirty years later Covid caused Darko to hand himself in to police.
He fled to Sydney’s northern beaches where he worked as a cash-in-hand builder and handyman. Desic was living in a home in Avalon, but struggled to pay rent and was recently evicted after work dried up because of the pandemic. The 64-year-old was sleeping on the beach until he decided life behind bars would be “much easier” than being “homeless”, a police source said.
They are amazing looking doors. The one on the left has a glass panel so the guards can see who is knocking.
I love the detail