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SWAN GUILDFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM

Visit our museum in historic Guildford, a National Trust town.

The Colonial Gaol (Pictured above) was built in stages between 1841 and 1867.  Originally a two cell lock-up, a large Magistrate’s room was added in 1853.  More cells, and a prisoners exercise yard was added in 1868.  Parts of the Gaol were demolished, commencing in 1917.  Today there are just four cells remaining.

Tours include a visit to the Colonial Gaol, and a glimpse inside Taylor’s Cottage (Pictured below), a quaint workman’s dwelling once the home of ex convict Edward Taylor and his large family.  Stroll around the prison exercise yard containing farming machinery and a blacksmith’s forge.  The tour concludes at a 1920’s wash house, complete with copper, cement troughs, clothes wringer, laundry supplies and some old irons.

WHERE:   Meadow Street Guildford – right next door to the Swan Valley Visitors Centre.

TOURS:     Tuesday to Saturday, 10AM to 2PM

COST:        Adults $5.  Children 5 – 12 years $3.  Children under 3 FREE

GROUPS:   School parties and community groups must book tours beforehand.  Discounted rates available for group tours.

BOOKINGS:    sghistsoc@bigpond.com  OR telephone 9379 1829