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HM Prison Pentridge
Pentridge Prison Front Gate 2020.jpg
Location Coburg, Victoria
Coordinates 37°44′21″S 144°58′9″E / 37.73917°S 144.96917°E / -37.73917; 144.96917Coordinates: 37°44′21″S 144°58′9″E / 37.73917°S 144.96917°E / -37.73917; 144.96917
Status Closed, under redevelopment
Security class Maximum security
Opened 1851
Closed 1997
Former name Pentridge Stockade

Her Majesty's Prison Pentridge was an Australian prison that was first established in 1851 in Coburg, Victoria. The first prisoners arrived in 1851. The prison officially closed on 1 May 1997.

Pentridge was often referred to as the "Bluestone College", "Coburg College" or "College of Knowledge". The grounds were originally landscaped by landscape gardener Hugh Linaker.

Melbourne City from Pentridge Boulevard 2020
Looking South towards the City of Melbourne from Pentridge Boulevard 2020

The site is currently split into two parts.

The northern part of the prison, referred to as the "Pentridge Coburg" or "Pentridge Piazza“ site, is bordered by Champ Street, Pentridge Boulevard, Murray Road and Stockade Avenue. It is currently under development by the developer Shayher Group, who has owned the site since 2013. The southern part of the prison, referred to as the "Pentridge Village" site, is bordered by Pentridge Boulevard, Stockade Avenue, Wardens Walk and Urquhart Street. It is partially owned by the developer Future Estate. D Division is owned privately by Pentridge Cellars Pty Ltd.

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