The old Geraldton Gaol was in operation from 1856 – 1985 and is now utilised as a craft centre.
In 1989 a group of Geraldton citizens started cleaning up the old gaol. Now the old cells are rented out to crafters who sell their wares here. Some of the old cells are also used to house displays of memorabilia.
You can even play prison darts, or have your photo taken in the stocks.
The walls are covered with information about previous occupants of the gaol, rules and regulations, old photographs and drawings.
I appreciate the time, effort and research that goes into making historical dioramas by very talented people. The diorama of the old gaol on display here is almost like reaching back in time and taking a 3D photograph.
Archie Ovens grew up in the bush and started his first rock collection in 1964. In 1968 he joined the Geraldton Gem Club and is now a lifetime member. You can visit him in cell 2. For people interested in gemstones, there is an extensive collection of his on display here.
Whether you learn more about the history of the gaol or buy some beautiful handmade items, the old Geralton Gaol is definitely worth a few hours to visit. Tours are also run at various times. Check their facebook page for further details – Old Geraldton Gaol Craft Centre.
It is always a good day when you can walk free out of a gaol.
Next door is the old Victoria Hospital 1887 – 1988. This is also open for visits and tours.