Berrima Courthouse, Berrima

(3.8/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
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TripAdvisor
  • A place which is compact in terms of space and yet full of the history of the legal system of a bygone era. I especially liked the mock courthouse and the drama played out there, related to a heinous ...  more »
  • Sometimes you have to be careful about believing advertising. A Spectacular light and sound show is probably stretching things a little here However it was an interesting tour and I am pleased I did i...  more »
  • Berrima the village has tales to tell and the Courthouse which is now not in use is run by volunteers and so the gold coin donation helps to maintain the building. It was to be demolished but the loca...  more »
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  • Stopped by here on the way back home from Sydney with 3 others. The old gentleman that works there was rude and we believe to be racist because we were Asians. He did not acknowledge or greet us whilst we were having a look around but was friendly and helpful with others that walked through the doors. He did this right in front of us. I do not recommend this place at all if you are not of western appearance. I would not have given a star if I didn't have to. Very dissapointed with this place!!
  • I'm really glad that we stopped here on the way to Sydney. It was a lovely looking old courthouse, but they did a great job of bringing the place back to life. I highly recommend a visit.
  • If you're planning on visiting Berrima, this is the place to go. An interesting, informative, family friendly experience for anyone. The history of the building and the town are intruiging and the information is presented clearly. The attractions are very fun and humourous and the service was very friendly. A must see.
  • With friends arriving from Queensland, a retired barrister and partner, we paid a small entry fee (seniors receive a discount) and spent over an hour absorbing all the information relating to the Court House, the Gaol and the Wingecarribee Shire.There is also a list of all aboard the First Fleet according to the ship in which they arrived in Australia. In the original Judges Chamber, with his honour and clerk of the court present, we could compare activities in the 1830's in Berrima, Australia and the whole world. Along to the Grand Jury room and a display of historical photos of the village, including German internees during WW! and a large magnificent patchwork quilt crafted by the women of the village presented to the village to celebrate the 175th anniversary.On through the male cell, we entered the Court Room proper and were entertained by a Sound and Light show with the sitting judge describing the function of the people within the room and the outcome of the trial of two people from the 1840's who committed murder and found guilty.Finally we returned to the Petty Jury Bookshop where our tour started and had the opportunity to purchase books on Australiana, souvenirs,postcards,sweets and a plentiful supply of Australian made soaps made from natural ingredients.Our friends left their appreciative thoughts in the visitors book in the court room. Congratulations to the many people involved.
  • Visited Berrima with the family recently and went to see the old courthouse. Had heard many stories about what happened there in the past, in particular the trials of Lucretia Dunkley and Martin Beech. From the moment you walk in, you are transported into history, where their trial is simulated in the museum courtroom with realistic manikins and an audio commentary. The staff told us that late last year the Berrima courthouse completed a project in producing and installing a spectacular Son et Lumiere (sound & light show) titled "Treachery Treason & Murder". This was a dramatic and moving audio visual experience depicting the most infamous trial of the 1840s. As you walk into the main courtroom you are surrounded on all sides by juror's public gallery, witnesses, and barrister's clerks of the court. As the preamble comes to a conclusion the judge appears out of the darkened courtroom to commence his sentencing of the two murderers. His final summation and orders will chill you. All in all the Berrima courthouse provides those that enter a glimpse into our early 1840s justice system. It also gave the kids (and some teenagers) an opportunity to dress up in the cloths of the era, which was fun! The Berrima courthouse was a very interesting attraction and I would recommend it to those visiting the southern highlands & historic Berrima. p.s don’t forget to call into the gift shop, great books and lovely soaps.