Skip to main content

Please be advised: this website contains the names, images and voices of people who are now deceased.

Collections WA has a responsibility to preserve and make accessible the history and culture of Western Australia in all its various forms. The intention of Collections WA is to support research, and to reveal actions of the past that have impacted upon communities, families, and individuals.

In doing so, Collections WA acknowledges the need to respond sensitively and appropriately in cases when accessing this material may be confronting to Aboriginal visitors and clients.

Please also note: Some historical materials within this portal may include language or opinions that today are considered inappropriate or even offensive. Collections WA does not endorse this language and apologises for any distress caused.

Continue showing cultural advice
Stop showing cultural advice
CWA Logo Collections WA brings together collections from libraries, galleries, museums, archives, historical societies, cultural organisations, community groups and other collecting organisations across Western Australia.


1980 - 1991

Long, thin, heavy, rubber and plastic riot stick. Long, cylindrical shaft made from solid black plastic, measuring 30mm in diameter and 610mm long, with rounded ends. Attached at a right angle from the shaft is a solid black plastic handle, with multiple ridges and a large, round, bulbus end. A circular black rubber grip is attached to the end of the handle. Moulded into the opposite sides of the shaft is, 'Monadnock PR-245' and 'U.S. PATENT No.230.150 OTHER MADE IN U.S.A. PAT'S PEND./ FITZWILLIAM N.H. 03447'. Stamped into the surface along the shaft is 'PETER R. MOORE'.

Historical information

The donor was the last Superintendent of Fremantle Prison when it closed in 1991. Prior to this, he was a member of staff at the Prisons Department Staff Training College from 1986 to 1988. This riot stick belonged to the donor and is inscribed with his name. All trainees at the College were given a similar riot stick for their personal use during training.

In February 2001, former Senior Prison Officer David Campbell advised curatorial staff on the baton, stating its proper name was PR 24, and its common name was a Riot Stick. This style of riot stick was used from the 1980s onwards and was used by the Metropolitan Security Unit. Sometimes it was also used and carried within Fremantle Prison when needed.



Registration number
Item type
610 mm
Height or length
170 mm
30 mm
Inscriptions and markings

'Monadnock PR-245', 'U.S. PATENT No.230.150 OTHER MADE IN U.S.A. PAT'S PEND./ FITZWILLIAM N.H. 03447', 'PETER R. MOORE'

Contextual Information

General staff was not given a personal riot stick but they were available for use should the need arise. At Fremantle Prison riot equipment was kept in the old PWD store in the Gatehouse.

Year End
Primary significance criteria
Artistic or aesthetic significance
Historic significance
Scientific or research significance
Social or spiritual significance
Comparative significance criteria
Interpretive capacity
Object’s condition or completeness
Rare or representative
Well provenanced
Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

Organisation Details
View Collection
Item Feedback

Scan this QR code to open this page on your phone ->

Full size unavailable (you're already seeing this image in its highest resolution available on Collections WA)