Pentridge: voices from the other side

Pentridge: voices from the other side

Author Rupert Mann and former inmates and staff discuss the true and brutal story of Pentridge.

Pentridge: Voices From the Other Side by Rupert Mann, is a new photo essay and social history published by Scribe. The book ensures that the true history of Pentridge Prison is not buried as the prison is redeveloped and re-branded. It contains stories of hope, loss, misery, conflict and survival as told by the last generation of inmates and staff. It also contains candid photographs of the subjects returning to Pentridge and their past.

Join Rupert Mann, former prisoner Noel Tovey and former prison officer Pat Merlo as they discuss the important social heritage of Pentridge, the current development of the site and its true and brutal history.

Noel Tovey is an indigenous elder, dancer, choreographer and writer who spent time in Pentridge as a 17 year old. Pet Merlo is a former prison officer who worked in all the prison's divisions over more than a decade and has written about her experiences.

You can find more out about the book at


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