Designed by James Barnet the gaol opened in 1888.
The massive, hand-carved sandstone gate, featuring an ornate sculptured lion's head holding a key - is a Victorian symbol designed to impress wrongdoers with the immense power and dignity of the Law.
Legend has is that when the key falls from the lion's mouth, the prisoner are allowed to go free.
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Still in use today it is now called Bathurst Correctional Complex and it is a medium/minimum institution for males.
The Complex serves as a reception prison for western NSW.
To view the impressive Entrance go to -
Cnr Browning Street and Brook Moore Avenue
Bathurst NSW 2795
Bathurst's most distinguished public building, the Courthouse, is also designed by colonial architect James Barnet.
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