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Nighttime Tour of Maitland Gaol!
July 22 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
It’s time for our next big bus trip adventure! And this one is spooky.
First constructed in 1843, Maitland Gaol was – for more than 150 years – one of Australia’s most famous correctional centres, housing some of the country’s most hardened and dangerous criminals. Frequently a site of floggings and executions, the gaol was also the site of several riots and major escape attempts. While it officially closed as a prison in 1998, the gaol (a State Heritage listed building complex) is now a popular tourist site, attracting visitors from around the world.
We’ve organised a bus trip from Callaghan campus to Maitland Gaol for an evening tour of the facilities. You’ll be escorted through the site from the perspective of the men and women responsible for operating the facility over its 150 years.
Be warned that there are some stories which are not for the faint-hearted. Stories of famous and infamous characters from yesterday and yesteryear. Your guide will provide you with information on the history of this maximum security facility and what it was like to look after some of the ‘worst of the worst’. Be prepared for some harrowing tales.
Some of the information presented may be confronting, and include adult themes, coarse language and drug and sexual references. Feel free to bring your own torch!
Tickets are $5 each, and include dinner on campus beforehand, bus travel to and from the gaol, and the tour itself. Dinner will be served in the Clubhouse (beneath Bar on the Hill) from 5.30pm, and the bus will depart from the Callaghan Design Bus Stop at 6.45pm sharp.
Please note that refunds will only be issued before 5pm on Thursday, July 18.