Guildford Colonial Gaol

Colonial Gaol

Volunteer tour guides take visitors on guided tours of the Colonial Gaol.  They tell stories about early days of law and order in the Colony, and the role convicts played in the development of our State, from 1850 to 1868.

The Gaol is a fine example of colonial architecture.  It was built in four stages from 1841 to 1867, with some parts built by convict labour.  The police used the building right up till 1969, although no prisoners were kept there by that stage.

Walk down the corridor to the four remaining cells, and get an idea of life behind bars.  Also on display is a ‘Rogues Gallery’ , describing some of the more colourful inmates locked up in Guildford.

Enjoy a browse through a time gone by, and an understanding of how people lived and worked in the early colonial era.  Ponder on these questions.  What type of wood was used for weatherboard houses and for roof shingles?  What is a Hampton cheese?  Why was the blacksmith important?  What does a cooper do? Why was Guildford such an important place for early settlers?

Our tour guides can tell you the answers to these intriguing questions.