Maitland Gaol doors to be thrown open for 20th anniversary of closure

On show: Maitland Gaol co-ordinator Gordon Sauber hopes a new generation of local residents will be introduced to their town's history at the open day later this month. Picture: Lachlan Leeming

On show: Maitland Gaol co-ordinator Gordon Sauber hopes a new generation of local residents will be introduced to their town's history at the open day later this month. Picture: Lachlan Leeming

There’s few who know the history lurking behind Maitland Gaol’s walls better than Gordon Sauber.

It’s a history that the gaol co-ordinator is excited to share later this month, when the doors will be flung open to the public as part of celebrations commemorating 20 years since the facility was made non-operational. 

The open day on Sunday, January 28 will see a packed schedule of kids activities take place throughout the facility, with three exhibitions also on show, with an entry cost of a gold coin donation. 

Mr Sauber said he hopes to see Maitland locals turn up in droves to have a look at the town’s historic gaol.

“It’s hardly changed since the closure 20 years ago. We’ve kept it as close to the original as possible,” he said. 

“If we have to repaint something, we repaint it in the same colours.”

He said he hoped the open day would introduce a new generation of residents to their town’s history.

“The open day is about looking forward by incorporating new features, like our exhibits, with the historic background of the gaol.”

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