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Old Wentworth Gaol

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Address: Beverly Street, Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia
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Good Look At Early Prison History

a good example of an early era country gaol from 1871. Initially prisoners were attached to a heavy chain around a tree stump until a properly constructed gaol was built with one... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ray F
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

a good example of an early era country gaol from 1871. Initially prisoners were attached to a heavy chain around a tree stump until a properly constructed gaol was built with one section to hold male & the other female prisoners. There was a second block that contained the doctor’s room, hospital ward, store room & kitchen. Next to the... More 

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Culburra Beach, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would not go out of my way to come to this attraction but if you are in the area, it's worth a look. Cheap entry fee ($6 for seniors) and it's an okay slice of 19th century history.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although it isn't very big, it has a lot of interesting history to see and read about in it. Standing in the middle of the yard you get the feel of how it must have felt to be imprisoned there with the high walls surrounding you. Well worth the visit.

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Thank Heather M
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shop with lots of bric a brac from earlier days.. Fun tea towels and assorted Aussie souvenirs .. 6 to 8 dollar entry into gaol giving a person much to think about and history of the early days..

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Thank K C
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great insight into the pioneering days and how those on the wrong side of the law where treated. Quite inhumane by todays standards and a sobering insight into the cruel practices of our forebears. The buildings are in excellent condition and this is a well preserved component of Australian history.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017

This goal (old spelling of jail!) is an interesting place to visit as it is quite small and easily negotiated. It has good displays that show you what life was like for the incarcerated. Display of the local indigenous inhabitants shed light on their culture. Closed because of lack of criminals as the town shrunk!

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Warnervale, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

This goal was built in 1879 - 1881 and is in remarkable condition. The goal contains cells for men & women, exercise yards, various implements for flogging and other forms of punishment. Other goals within Australia have been modelled on the cells displayed here. This is an excellent example of early Australian architecture and building skills and is well worth... More 

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Thank Paul R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Interesting place to visit. Not hard to find. The map shows whats in each building. It was a very hard life for men and women. Women had a small yard and 2 cells that held upto 7 in each cell. A large number where women from the Salvation Army caught singing in the street. The mens cells plenty but the... More 

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Stansbury, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

At a small cost this proved to be a very interesting Wentworth attraction. The building is very well preserved and strolling through gives you some insight to gaol life at the time. There were also old wares & souvenirs available for purchase. While in Wentworth visit where Darling & Murray river's meet. There is a viewing platform here also.

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Warrnambool
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

This goal was very well preserved. The kids loved it. It was 'spooky' enough for them too.... a very important aspect when taking kids to view places of the past lol! It is an excellent example of what goals during the time were like. How harsh it must have been! How lucky those of today who are incarcerated are... imagine... More 

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