Gladstone Gaol

Looking towards the observation tower from exercise area
Observation Tower
In the central dome looking towards B wing
Gladstone Gaol Central Dome
Chapel with organ and central table. there is a skull on the organ
a table with dead looking dummy and some ghosts.
Large open area in Gladstone Gaol
Gaol exercise area
A wing with a table and chairs
A Wing
Birthing room with cradle, bed and sofa
Birthing room
Cell with a dummy dressed in white on a rocking chair
Manacles hanging on the wall outside the laundry door
Laudry door
B wing with slow combustion stove
B Wing
room with table and 2 chairs and bookshelf
Open shower area with 3 shower heads
Showers - not in use

History and Hi-Tech come together as Gladstone Gaol set to Shine

13th December 2023
A major project will shine the spotlight on historic Gladstone Gaol, with cutting edge technology to engage visitors and illuminate the local landmark.

In collaboration with the South Australian Department for Environment and Water, the National Trust is currently working on a permanent light projection installation at the Gaol, similar to the light projections on the Karoonda and Quorn silos.

The Gaol, which holds an important place in South Australian history, will provide a canvas for Illuminart – a renowned creative arts company specialising in illumination and storytelling experiences.

This unique approach offers heritage interpretation that will appeal to history buffs, film-noir fans and travellers who are looking for a taste of mystery and drama.

Key features will include:

Light and projection: to illuminate the gaol’s exterior with historical images, videos, and animations, providing a dynamic and immersive experience.
Soundscapes and music: will accompany the visual elements, enhancing the emotional connection to the stories being told.
Historical storytelling: sharing the intriguing history of Gladstone Gaol, allowing visitors to engage with the site’s past and gain a deeper understanding of its significance.
The exciting transformation is part of the Silver to Sea Way project funded by the Australian Government with a commitment of almost $6.6 million.

This will also include the restoration of the former Jamestown Railway Goods Shed, including a new ramp to improve visitor access and conservation work aimed at stabilising the structures, flooring and guttering.

The National Trust of South Australia’s Silver to Sea Way project has embarked on a series of heritage revitalisation projects at four remarkable sites: Peterborough, Jamestown, Gladstone and Port Pirie, connecting towns with new visitor experiences. The railway line connecting the towns was once one of the world’s busiest and played a crucial role transporting a staggering 43 million tonnes of ore containing silver and lead from Broken Hill to Port Pirie, significantly contributing to Australia’s economic success.

To engage younger travellers, colouring books will be available at key destinations, with tailored stories at each town designed to captivate audiences of all ages.

President of the Gladstone Tourism and Development Association David Catford said the town was excited to see the Gaol opening again and the project was going to provide a spectacular attraction for the region.

“Gladstone Gaol Immersive Activation is not just a project; it’s a vision for a brighter and more vibrant Gladstone. We look forward to having people from far and wide join us in this remarkable journey to illuminate our town,” Mr Catford said.

Northern Areas Council last month approved sites for local signage which forms part of the storytelling for Silver to Seaway and Mayor Sue Scarman said the project would bring a fresh audience to our region.

“What a brilliant opportunity for our towns to showcase their offerings, in a new and exciting way. It allows people of all ages to enjoy history and technology in partnership,” she said.

“This project promises to make Gladstone Gaol a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts, families and tourists. It adds to the cultural enrichment of our region and will provide an opportunity for the community to connect with their heritage.”

By the start of 2024, this ambitious project will be complete, and celebrations will be held across Silver to Seaway sites.

For interviews contact:

David Catford – M: 0408 842 226

Mayor Sue Scarman – M: 0418 844 935

National Trust – M: 8202 9200

From Northern Areas Council


Gladstone Gaol closes temporarily while future management options are investigated

16 June 2022
The famous Gladstone Gaol in the state’s mid-north will temporarily close later this month while future management options for the State Heritage-listed site are considered.

The temporary closure comes as the current caretakers of the site have surrendered their licence.

General Manager Crown Lands Program with the Department for Environment and Water Piers Brissenden said Gladstone Gaol remains an important State-Heritage site providing visitors a unique example of early settlement life in the Southern Flinders Ranges.

“The gaol has long been a key tourist destination for the state’s mid-north, one the local community feel a strong connection with and have a high level of interest in the site’s future.,” Piers said.

“There are a range of different opinions across the local community regarding how the site should be managed.

“While future management options are being considered and the gaol is closed to the public, key maintenance work will be carried out, including gutter and downpipe replacement, roof repairs and replacing and painting effected facia on three key buildings.

“It’s important to stress that it is the government’s intention that the site reopens to the public.

“We just want to look at all options available to ensure this important heritage site continues to be enjoyed by locals and tourist for many years to come.

“I thank the most recent caretakers for their commitment and care for the site over the past several years and wish them well in their future endeavors.”

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