Narrabri and District Historical Society (and Gaol and Museum), Narrabri, New South Wales

Identity area

Identifier

daa/116

Authorized form of name

Narrabri and District Historical Society (and Gaol and Museum), Narrabri, New South Wales

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Narrabri Old Gaol and Museum

Type

  • Community

Contact area

 

Secretary

Type

Address

Street address

Corner Barwan and Bowen Streets, Narrabri
Postal address: PO Box 55 Narrabri NSW 2390

Locality

Narrabri

Region

New South Wales

Country name

Postal code

2390

Telephone

02 6799 6760 (Narrabri Shire Visitor Information Centre)

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Description area

History

The Narrabri Historical Society runs the Narrabri Old Gaol Heritage Centre. After the gaol's closure the Narrabri Historical Society was invited to house their collection in the Old Gaol section, and the museum opened in 1988.

The Old Gaol is part of an impressive complex of colonial government buildings which also includes the Office of the Court of Petty Sessions and the Court House. The architect, James Barnet, also designed the Sydney General Post Office. The gaol opened in September 1882 and operated as such for exactly 100 years. It now provides an interesting insight to how things were in the past.

Geographical and cultural context

Narrabri is a town in the North West Slopes, New South Wales, on the Namoi River, 521 kilometres northwest of Sydney.

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Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Secretary

Records management and collecting policies

Buildings

Holdings

The museum houses an extensive collection of artefacts of historical, archival and cultural significance. The centre houses a well documented range of early Australian memorabilia. The women’s cell is given over to the “Dalway Collection”, a collection of documents, uniforms, paintings and other articles from an influential Irishman who travelled to Australia in the early 1800s.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Members of the Narrabri Historical Society have indexed over 30,000 entries in the family history section of the Old Gaol Heritage Centre.

Access area

Opening times

Wednesday,10am-2pm; Saturday, 9am-1pm.
Other times by arrangement through the Narrabri Shire Visitor Information Centre (02 6799 6760).

Access conditions and requirements

Contact the society for information.

Accessibility

Services area

Research services

Contact the society for information.

Reproduction services

Public areas

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Access points

Access Points

  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Corner Barwan and Bowen Streets, Narrabri Postal address: PO Box 55 Narrabri NSW 2390
Narrabri, New South Wales 2390