Parramatta Gaol is considered one of Australia’s more important historical sites. Constructed between 1835-1842, it was, until it’s closure in 2011, Australia’s oldest serving gaol. Ownership of the building was transferred to the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council in 2015.

Currently this walled sandstone and slate structure now sits empty, a significant cultural resource that reflects the major changes in penal design over a 170-year period. The state heritage listed Gaol complex, together with other early government institutions located along the eastern side of the upper Parramatta River, form an important group of historical structures that define the North Parramatta Precinct.

This page brings together, in a single place, stories, facts, images, and other resources related to Parramatta Gaol. The page will continue to grow as more research and resources are added.

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Parramatta in 1856 by T.A.G.

Source: Our family, leaving Sydney in above year, came to reside in Parramatta. I was then eight years of age. There were no public schools at that time, all being under the heads of the various denominations.Within a short time I spent my...

Parramatta Gaol: Building, prisoner’s routine and employment

There were a number of sites owned by the Department of Corrective Services situated on over 10 hectares of land around the Parramatta Gaol. These included the Parramatta prison, the Parramatta linen service and the Merinda Periodic Centre.  Parramatta Correctional...

From Our Collection, Images of Parramatta Gaol

Videos showing Parramatta Gaol

Parramatta Gaol 1997

Amateur video of a tour of Parramatta Gaol in 1997

Rose Tattoo

Rose Tattoo playing at Parramatta Gaol in 1979. Featuring a young Angry Anderson and Chris Turner on guitar. Played on Donnie Sutherland’s “Sounds” show.