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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  • October 10, 2017
    We visited this attraction during a Caravan trip to Mildura, it gave us an insight into the early penitentiary establishment of a Bye-Gone Era. Sure, times were tough in those earlier days but I now p...  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    Gives an insight into gaol life from the old days...look through the gaol...dress up and take a picture...history buffs should get a buzz  more »
  • September 5, 2017
    Arriving here you wouldn't expect the old Gaol to be here. Entering the building you pay your admission $8 per adult. A few souvenirs here for the picking also. Entering the gaol it didn't have a morb...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Indigenous representation needs a total overhaul in consultation with local indigenous people who have NOT 'died out'! The rest is very well presented.
  • June 29, 2017
    Friendly staff. Great place for family to visit. Kids liked to see the men cells. Would not spend more than an hour to see all the things.
  • July 21, 2017
    Historical site with interesting stories. Toilets would be a nice feature to add.
  • September 14, 2017
    Enjoyed my visit to Old Wentworth Gaol, very informative and well worth the visit.
  • July 26, 2017
    Awsome cheap peice of history the whole family should love

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