The Richmond Gaol is a convict era building and tourist attraction in Richmond, Tasmania, and is the oldest intact gaol in Australia. Building of the gaol commenced in 1825, and predates the establishment of the penal colony at Port Arthur in 1833. One of the tasks completed by the convicts who were held at Richmond Gaol was the construction of Richmond Bridge.Put Richmond Gaol on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Richmond trip planner .
Most of the gaol buildings have not been changed since convict times. They include an example of a female solitary confinement cell, measuring 2metres by 1metre
The buildings include a chain gang sleeping rooms, a flogging yard, a cook house and holding rooms. The buildings also feature historical relics and documents.
Settlers of Hobart Town were moving away in order to search for more farming land. The area of Sorell was quite established and it was being extended into the area soon to be known as Richmond. In the meantime, convicts were used as virtual slave labour to create all kinds of infrastructure like roads, bridges and public buildings.
Richmond Gaol Reviews
By definition, the Richmond Gaol is the history of the area. It is often a good idea to go back to the roots for the purpose of appreciating your place and time in the world. This venue is well restor... more »
Love the history of this building. There is plenty of signs around to inform everyone which I loved. I found it interesting there was a family living there for such a long time. I loved that there was... more »
Richmond also have Australia’s oldest existing colonial gaol which was needed to house those convicts that committed offences whilst working. The goal is very well preserved and conserved and super interesting to look around and learn. It has the gaol, including solitary confinement areas, the gaolers house, latrine and exercise yard.
The goal was interesting, small and very crammy when there is a few people in at once. When we visited, we felt as if the company tried to cram as many people as possible, making the experience unpleasant. They could put beds or furniture in the rooms, give the environment a bit more meaning and excitement. At least show how it was like back in the day. I'm sure they weren't in empty rooms.
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