Old Wentworth Gaol, Wentworth

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Wentworth Gaol, a former Australian prison that operated between 1881 and 1928, is located in Wentworth, New South Wales and is now a tourist attraction for the area.HistoryThe Wentworth police Watch-house or 'lock-up' used to confine prisoners with sentences of fourteen days or less was proclaimed to be a prison on 1 December 1870. Some necessary improvements to prisoner accommodation were effected during 1877 after which the Gaol was reported to house three separated and nine associated prisoners.The small single storey brick gaol with bluestone trim was designed by colonial architect James Barnet and built between 1879 and 1881. It was one of the earliest Australiandesigned gaols together with Hay Gaol (1880), Dubbo Gaol (1871) and Long Bay Gaol (1909 and 1914). The bricks were made on-site from the local clay, by Joseph Fritz, and the bluestone was transported from Malmsbury, Victoria.Government records show that the first Acting Gaoler, James Sheringham was appointed on 5 September 1891, together with Susan Sheringham, who was appointed as Acting Matron on the same day.When the was enacted, Wentworth Gaol was one of those listed in the second schedule as existing 'public gaols, prisons or houses of correction'. The Goal closed in 1928. The two final prisoners who had been sentenced on 9 February 1928 were transferred to the Broken Hill Gaol on 27 February 1928, which is possibly the official date of closure. The gaol was officially de-established as a prison on 1 July 1928.
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  • This was a great place to visit. Very educational for kids, and adults. Worth a look to see some of Australian history.  more »
  • Shame not being used. Today's prisoners would be in for a shock if they had to go through yesteryears conditions.  more »
  • wow another historical site love it was great bought some good items as well for to remember the place as well  more »
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  • Very historical place to visit. Don't miss out on a chance to vist a great place.
  • Had a great time! Lots of history and memorabilia of Australian police force through the years, would recommend a visit!
  • So good. Just can't believe the conditions that they use to have to put up back in the days.
  • It is only small but interesting and reasonably priced for a family.
  • Great history worth a visit.
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