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Bathurst Correctional Centre
Penitentiary Batrurst, NSW Australia.jpg
The hand-carved sandstone gate and façade of the Bathurst Correctional Complex
Location Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates 33°25′04″S 149°33′30″E / 33.41778°S 149.55833°E / -33.41778; 149.55833Coordinates: 33°25′04″S 149°33′30″E / 33.41778°S 149.55833°E / -33.41778; 149.55833
Status Operational
Security class Medium / Minimum
Capacity 222
Opened 7 June 1888 (1888-06-07)
Former name Bathurst Gaol
Managed by Department of Communities and Justice
Website
Building details
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General information
Cost 102,000
Technical details
Material Sandstone and brick
Design and construction
Architect
  • James Barnet
  • Walter Liberty Vernon
Architecture firm Colonial Architect of New South Wales
Official name: Bathurst Correctional Centre
Designated: 2 April 1999
Reference #: 00806

Bathurst Correctional Centre is a prison for men and women located in the city of Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, and operated by the Department of Communities and Justice. Bathurst holds inmates sentenced under State or Australian criminal law, along with a small number of remand prisoners.

The prison is made up of three sections: a medium-security and remand facility for male inmates, a minimum-security facility for male inmates, and a new maximum-security facility for male inmates, due to open in 2020. A small number of female inmates are housed within a separate compound on the grounds of the medium-security area.

Description

Old Bathurst Gaol
Old Bathurst Gaol, demolished circa 1880

Bathurst Gaol is composed of a square compound with a gatehouse and two watch towers located at the far corners. The Governor and Deputy Governors Residences are located outside the main compound walls. Internally the (now demolished) chapel formed the focus of the gaol. Four cell ranges and the cookhouse radiated out from the chapel. On one side of the chapel forecourt was the totally separated female compound. On the other side was the male hospital.

Bathurst and Goulburn gaols were almost identical in plan. Goulburn however remains more intact.

Heritage listing

Bathurst Gaol is significant as one of two model prisons designed by the Colonial Architect's Office in the late 1870s and early 1880s; as an indication of advances in penal architecture in the late nineteenth century; for its continued use as a gaol.

Bathurst Correctional Complex was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

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