The Old Dubbo Gaol began as a courthouse lock up in 1847, it was one of the first Government buildings for Dubbo. It is now a heritage-listed museum and tourist attraction located at 90 Macquarie Street Dubbo.
It was closed in 1966 and lay dormant for years with pans to demolish and replace it with a multi-storey office block. This led to protests led by the then Dubbo City Council and local historical society which resulted in the plans being dropped. In 1973 the site was transferred from the NSW Department for Corrections to the local council.
It was restored and opened as a tourist attraction in 1974. If you are passing through Dubbo take the time to stop and check it out. It’s a showcase to the local history of our prison systems at the time.