Old Castlemaine Gaol

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Old Castlemaine Gaol
Location Castlemaine, Victoria
Opened 1857
Closed 1990

The Old Castlemaine Gaol was a prison located in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. The prison was modelled on Pentonville; the present building replaced the original, designed by Inspector General John Price, was never occupied. Built in 1861 to house offenders from the goldfields and nearby towns, it served various functions in the penal system before it was closed down and its prisoners transferred to HM Prison Loddon in 1990. Since, it has been used as a hotel and tourist attraction. It served as the studio for local community radio station WMA FM 94.9. It is now open to the public and offers regular guided tours where visitors can explore what lies behind the old stone walls of this prison. The complex also includes the Governor's Cafe and is the venue for a number of shows and events.[1]

The grounds were originally landscaped by renowned landscape gardener Hugh Linaker.[2]

Notable prisoners[edit]

  • Peter Dupas – serving a life sentence for multiple murder and rape.


Name Year of birth Date of execution Crime
David Young 1831 21 August 1865 Murder of Margaret Graham
Long Poy 10 March 1866
William H Terry 31 July 1867
John Hogan 1815 14 August 1868
Ah Pew 23 May 1870 Murder of Elizabeth Annie Hunt
James Wilkie 1844 20 May 1872
Samuel Wright 1813 11 March 1873
Pierre Barbun 1841 20 May 1873
Ah Kat 9 August 1875
John Duffus 1820 22 May 1876 Criminal Assault of daughter


  • Clark, Mary Rillis (1995). "Castlemaine's magic gaol on the hill." The Age. 13 May.
  • Mitchell, Glenn (2003). "A Night in Irons." Herald Sun (Melbourne). 4 January.
  • Wilkinson, Geoff (2005). "Rapist looked after my daughter." Herald Sun (Melbourne). 6 December.

Coordinates: 37°3′43″S 144°12′41″E / 37.06194°S 144.21139°E / -37.06194; 144.21139