Old Castlemaine Gaol

Old Castlemaine Gaol
Old Castlemaine Gaol
Location Castlemaine, Victoria
Opened 1857
Closed 1995

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 currently serves as the studio for local community radio station WMA FM 94.9.[1]

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

Notable prisoners

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


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



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

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

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