Redruth Gaol
Redruth Gaol
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Jenna W
Adelaide, Australia81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Solo
With the Burra Heritage Passport key, you can enter this historic gaol. I spent an interesting 30 minutes or so wandering around, struck by how desolate and confronting the environment is. Plenty of information posted and some interesting facts and personal tales from Gaol workers and also the characters from the girls reformatory on site after. If you like institutional history or super creepy locations, worth a visit.
Beware of mannequins!
Written 5 April 2022
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402julieanneg
Kyneton, Australia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
Head to the Tourist information center and purchase a passport with a deposit that will give you a master key and a map for a self guided drive / walking tour over a couple of days. Gives a great insight to what life was like here from 1850 onwards.
Written 10 July 2021
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kpiddy
Brisbane, Australia14,003 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
It was fascinating to wander around and through the Redruth Gaol and learn about the varied roles of the building. Originally built in 1856 as a gaol to cater for the growing need for such an institution in the Burra district, it was the first gaol to be built outside of Adelaide at the time. The gaol closed in 1894, by 1897 it had been repurposed and renovated to house a Girls' Reformatory in 1897 till 1922. Between 1894-97 and after 1922 it was a private residence, film set for a famous Australian movie (Breaker Morant) and a social venue. Throughout the building there was plenty of interesting information boards about life in the gaol and Girl's Reformatory.
Access to the site is only possible if you have purchased a Burra Heritage Passport which comes with a key, ask at the Tourist Information Office in the centre of town.
Written 4 May 2021
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Jeff
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
Breaker Morant was filmed here if you didn’t know. Part of the Burra passport tour. Had the place to ourselves during our visit. Was exactly as it appeared in the movie. Bonus was the real history of the site presented there. Informative regarding its history as a gaol and as a girls reformatory. Well worth the visit.
Written 31 December 2020
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Robert W
Edwardstown, Australia394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Go back in time to see the first gaol out side of Adelaide. Steep in history. And used as more then a prison.
Written 17 October 2019
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Tewantin, Australia559 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
The history of this place is interesting to say the least. So many lives. It would have been a grand building in its heyday but restoration has been good,
Written 10 June 2019
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Victoria, Australia82,685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
You can see the Redruth Gaol as part of the passport deal where you pay money to access some really exciting things in town...but if you are time critical... you can head out there... and it won't cost you a cent to look around. Of course, this means you can't open the building and go in... nor use the public restroom... .but I still believe it's worth heading out to have a look even if you can't get in. You can see in through the windows into a few of the areas.

The gaol was built in 1856 and oddly enough in January of 1866 it was reported to have no prisoners. In 1871, it was gazetted as the place of confinement for persons arrested on warrants from the Local Courts of Redruth, Clare, Riverton and Auburn, with Georgetown added in 1874. And ten years after reports of no prisoners, they then had a problem with overcrowding. The gaol had 8 cells and 22 prisoners. In 1894 it ceased operating as a gaol.

It was reopened as a girls reformatory in 1897 and remained one until 1922. It was not used again until it was used for the filming of the 1979 movie Breaker Morant. So the gaol has a very colourful history.

My uncle and I enjoyed looking around.
Written 9 May 2019
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