Historic Trial Bay Gaol, Arakoon

I arrived home from South West Rocks a couple of days ago.  It’s a place I’ve been visiting since I was a child and a number of my relatives on my maternal Lachmund side reside there.  You may recall, in a previous post I talked about going on road trips with my Nana and Poppa to South West Rocks.

It doesn’t matter how many times I visit, I always make time to go and see the ruins of the historic Trial Bay Gaol site and it is the basis of a non-fiction work I am currently working on.  Since my youth, I have thought often about writing about this almost sacred place.

Work commenced on the Gaol in 1877 but it wasn’t completed until 1886.  There were quite a few issues in the early days of the Gaol and by 1903, it was no longer in use.  However with the onset of World War 1, the gaol was used as a German internment camp from 1915-1918 before being completely abandoned in 1922.

Nowadays the ruins of the Gaol perch imposingly at the top of Trial Bay and the only inhabitants are the kangaroos that wander freely through it’s corridors.


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