SELF-GUIDED AUDIO TOUR

Maitland Gaol offers three self guided audio tours of the site available seven days a week, each providing a different perspective of the life behind the bars. Tickets are valid for one entry between 10:00am and 3:00pm on the date chosen to attend. The site closes at 4:00pm.
 
"Maitland Gaol Revealed" gives an in depth understanding of how prisoners slept, ate, exercised and wiled away the many thousands of hours until their release. Secrets straight from the mouths of those who knew it best, the inmates and warders, bring this tour to life. 

This audio tour is also available for the deaf and hearing impaired in either Auslan/Captions or Audio/Captions. The tour is available using a smartphone app called OpenAccess Tours that can be downloaded in advance or alternatively it is available on site through the normal audio tour system.

"Escaping Maitland Gaol" will lead you through the maze of cells, divulging intricate details of the many escape attempts seen throughout the gaol's 150 year history. You will hear stories of ballsy efforts to break free of the gaol's grueling regime.

"Snitch's Gaol Exploration" (Children's tour) is narrated by ‘Snitch the Rat', a ghostly character who leads children on an adventure through the gaol cells. Snitch tells the children all the secrets of the gaol that he witnessed as the many criminals were brought in from the outside world.

 

18/10/2019 To 16/01/2020
A PSYCHIC EXPERIENCE

Do you believe in the paranormal? Both believers and non-believers alike are fascinated by the psychic stories and phenomena described by our resident psychic guide.

To really be immersed in the psychic experience, you will need 2½ hours to hear the history of the Maitland Gaol and the people who have passed through its walls. Be ready for some truly mystifying tales, the answers to which you can decide for yourself.

We don’t guarantee any ghostly activity, but many visitors experience an eerie feeling. Your guide will lead you in this experience. If you are lucky, there may be time for a palm reading or two at the end of the tour.

This tour is not available for children under 14 years as it is conducted at night and the information presented is of an adult and/or confronting nature.

Regularly presented as a public evening Torchlight Tour or for private groups. Availability of this tour is limited so early booking is especially recommended.

Email us and let us know if you have had any eerie or spooky Maitland Gaol experiences.

18/10/2019 To 15/11/2019
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

Arsenic and Old Lace

by Joseph Kesselring

Director - Colin Delaney

October 9 to 27

“You see, insanity runs in my family.  It practically gallops.”

Mortimer Brewster is living a happy life: he has a steady job as a drama critic at a prominent New York newspaper, he’s just become engaged, and he gets to visit his sweet spinster aunts to announce the engagement.

Mortimer always knew that his family had a bit of a mad gene - his brother believes himself to be Teddy Roosevelt - but his world is turned upside down when he realises that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years!

When Mortimer’s maniacal brother, Jonathan, returns on the night that the aunts were planning to bury the newest victim, Mortimer must rally to help his aunts and protect his fiancé - all while trying to keep his own sanity as well.

An uproarious farce on plays involving murder, Arsenic and Old Lace is an audience favourite.

Running time: Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes including a 15 minute interval.

*Opening Night: Come along at 7:30pm on Wednesday 9 October to help us celebrate opening night and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the show.

Ticket Prices: Tickets: $25 (full); $20(concession); Group Concessions 10+: $20; Special discounts for large groups over 20 – contact info@maitlandreptheatre.org for more details

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm: October - Wednesday 9, Friday 11, 18 and 25, Saturday 12, 19 and 26

Matinees at 2:00pm: October - Sunday 20 and 27

Doors open 30 minutes before performances*

18/10/2019 To 27/10/2019
150 YEARS UNDER LOCK AND KEY
Immerse yourself in the history of Maitland Gaol on this 1½ tour, discovering stories of all sorts of heroes and villains.

Our expert guides are regularly undertaking and updating research to give you the most informed tour of this 150-year-old institution. Delve into all parts of the site and learn of the changes that have occurred in prisoner treatment throughout the life of this oldest continuously operating correctional facility in Australia.

From the English Pentonville Model of the original cell blocks to the modern Maximum Security 5 Wing and the many ancillary buildings scattered throughout the site.

This tour can also be presented for private groups and may be adapted to highlight particular aspects of the facility at the request of the group organisers. It is suitable for children.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

19/10/2019 To 12/01/2020
ESCAPES DAY TOUR
While learning about the history and operation of this notorious prison, this specially designed NEW! tour explores the various stories behind some of the documented escapes from Australia’s longest continuously operating correctional facility.

During your 1½ hour tour our guides will escort you around the site, delving into the ways prisoners were treated through various eras of prison management, and how the Gaol was developed through its 150 year operational history.

And throughout your exploration, stories of amazing escapes, from the unbelievable and amazing to the farcical. All, in most cases, for a few hours of freedom. Learn about the 'Magnificent Seven' – the last successful escape in September 1977, and Patrick McNamara, who escaped in August 1851, only to be recaptured 4 months later and face the hangman’s noose in March 1852.

Now being presented as a public day and evening tour on selected occasions throughout the week or for private groups. Check the website for the next scheduled public tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

20/10/2019 To 11/01/2020
LWT: FOR ART'S SAKE

Maitland is home to an exciting art scene and an eclectic mix of galleries and studios.  Get an insight into the stories behind this cultural movement as we talk to those who have a passion for promoting art and culture in Maitland.

Thu 24 Oct
Location to be advised
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Free

You may have difficulty purchasing tickets from your Apple iPhone or iPad. If you are having difficulty, try another device or call Maitland Library on 4933 6952. Best results are achieved if you hold your device landscape.


24/10/2019 6:00 PM
ARTS HEALTH FUNDRAISING RAFFLE

Help us raise funds to support members of our community living with memory loss, lived mental health experiences, families with sensory processing needs, and others with accessibility requirements through access to arts health programs.

GRAB YOURSELF A RAFFLE TICKET AND SUPPORT THIS FANTASTIC FUNDRAISER (need not be present at the event to win).

Over $4,000 in prizes to be won!

Prizes include:

  • A coffee a day for a whole year courtesy of The Cunning Culinarian (valued at over $1,800)
  • $1,000 travel pack (luggage and travel voucher) courtesy of italktravel & cruise (Maitland & The Junction)
  • Selection of boutique Tyrrell's wines
  • Handcrafted ceramics from the very talented Katherine Mahoney
  • A bespoke piece of fine jewellery by Joanne Herbert
  • Handmade leather gardener's pouch from Dennerly Leather (valued at over $300)
  • $150 clothing voucher from Louise's at Morpeth
  • Toy pack from Mercurius Australia
  • A voucher to spend at The Rigby one of Maitland's most unique dining venues
  • A voucher from Lorn's one-and-only The Icky Sticky Patisserie
  • 2 x tickets and one 2020 season pass to the Maitland Repertory Theatre
  • A pooch wash courtesy of Jim's Dog Wash & Grooming, East Maitland
  • Children's book pack from Better Read Than Dead 
  • Express Facial at Aria Skin + Body, Rutherford

Raffle organisers: Maitland City Council & the Rotary Club of Maitland Sunrise. Drawn Friday 25th October 2019 at the Annual Arts Health Fundraiser, Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG), 230 High Street,Maitland (need not be present to win). Tickets to the event available via www.maitlandticketing.com.au 

Winners not present on the evening will be contacted via phone or email within 2 business days. Queries can be directed to MRAG, 02 4934 9859.

25/10/2019 6:00 PM
ANNUAL ARTS HEALTH FUNDRAISER

Mayor Loretta Baker, Councillors and the General Manager with Maitland Regional Art Gallery and the Rotary Club of Maitland Sunrise present:

ANNUAL ARTS IN HEALTH FUNDRAISER
proudly supported by Walka Grange Lifestyle Village

Join PENELOPE SEIDLER AM, accomplished architect, art lover & MRAG Partner, in conversation with 1233 ABC NEWCASTLE'S JENNY MARCHANT.

Help us raise funds to support members of our community living with memory loss, lived mental health experiences, families with sensory processing needs and others with accessibility requirements, through arts health programs.

Tickets include three course meal, Tyrrell's Wines, craft beer, lucky door prize, live music and a fabulous atmosphere!

#MakeGivingContagious and add a tax deductible donation to your ticket price:* 

  • $30 raised supports a participant in the Art & Dementia program.
  • $300 raised provides a facilitated session of the Art & Dementia program.
  • $1,500 creates a unique sensory experience for families with sensory processing needs.
  • $5,000 provides a full term of the Art & Dementia program (approx. 200 participants).
Donations can be made via the raffle ticket link* 

Seating arrangements: Seating will be in tables of 10. All tickets booked in the same transaction will be seated together. Please note table layout may differ from online floorplan. Please contact the Gallery artgallery@maitland.nsw.gov.au with any seating queries.

Ticket conditions: Full payment must be made at the time of booking. Fees are not transferable. MRAG Members discount not applicable to advertised price. 

  

25/10/2019 6:00 PM
PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR EXPERIENCE

Do you have an interest in serious paranormal investigation?

Let Renata from Newcastle Ghost Tours take your experience to the next level with Maitland Gaol's Paranormal Experience. With four hours to explore the site you are welcome to investigate with your own equipment, or stick with a seasoned investigator and experience a series of experiments designed to reach out to residual energies.

This experience is for a maximum of 20 people and includes a walk through the site to give each location some context but does not include a tour. The night encourages investigating on a range of levels and is classed as a 'next level' experience, so it's a good idea to have participated in paranormal investigations before.

Disclaimer - Ghosts are not guaranteed. Please note this is an adults only event. All participants must be 18 years and over.

Price

$90 per person 
25/10/2019 9:00 PM
MRAG Members: Tegel Residence Coach Trip

Join MRAG Members for an exclusive guided tour of Max & Nola Tegel's private gardens, home and artist studio in Cobbitty, NSW. This is a truly special opportunity offered to MRAG members.

Every ticket purchased supports free access arts education programs, such as Free Art Sunday, for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Saturday 26th October 2019
$60 for members / $75 for non-members
7:15am (for 7:30am sharp departure)

Ticket includes:

Return travel, morning tea, raffle, tour of the extensive garden, private gallery, personal home collection, Nola's art studio, a picnic lunch, great company and more!

Max and Nola were introduced to Maitland Regional Art Gallery in early 2016 on a research trip to find the most suitable Gallery to receive their expansive collection of artworks by Lionel Lindsay. MRAG was, at the time, second in line to the Art Gallery of NSW, however after a visit to Maitland and a vision shared, the meeting became an offer of intent to donate more than 170 artworks. The impressive collection of Lindsay works have found a new home in the Maitland collection and The Tegel's have become close friends of our city.

Now, three years on, we are delighted to exhibit 'In the light of day' by Nola Tegel and encourage you to view the exhibition at MRAG and join us to explore the exquisite garden which features in her work. Nola comes from a long standing tradition of painting en plein air, artwork created ‘in the moment', painted and worked on in situ. Nola can often be seen working in her magnificent home garden or out in the field during her many trips overseas. As a traveller of the world she is always looking and scanning what is before her editing and selecting that which inspires her.

Meet at Maitland Regional Art Gallery 230 High Street,Maitland, followed by travel to Cobitty and return to MRAG.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26/10/2019 7:15 AM
SPRINGTIME SPIRITS - SEASONAL HARVEST DINNER & TOUR

 “When witches go riding and black cats are seen,

The moon laughs and whispers “Tis near Halloween” – Unknown Author

 

What better place to get in the mood for Halloween than on the grounds of Maitland Gaol. Join us to celebrate the start of daylight savings and the upcoming Halloween by enjoying an outdoor picnic catered by Nourish Catering on the exercise field.

As the sun goes down behind the walls of the Gaol, out come the ghosts to play. Listen to spine tingling stories told by Renata from Newcastle Ghost tours, before embarking on a 2 hour ghost hunt around the site of Maitland Gaol.

Food and soft drink provided, however please feel free to bring your own wine and beer. Dietaries must be notified at the time of booking. BYO torch

When: Saturday October 26 7.00pm – 11.00pm
Cost: $90.00 pp
RSVP: Bookings essential by Saturday October 19 2019
Limited numbers apply (BYO beer and wine only).
Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of the booking.

Book online at maitlandgaol.com.au or phone 4936 6482

 

26/10/2019 7:00 PM
LWT: THE TATTOOISTS TALE - HEATHER MORRIS

Based on an incredible true story, Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz tells the amazing tale of Lale Sokolov, the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved.  An extraordinary tale of survival, love and the extremes of human behaviour set in the horrific world of the Holocaust, the story arose from three years of conversations between Morris and Sokolov.
Originally written as a screen play The Tattooist of Auschwitz  is Heather Morris' debut novel. Heather’s second novel, Cilka's Journey, based on one of the characters from The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is due to be published in November 2019.


Thursday 14 November
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Monte Pio Hotel and Conference Centre
$25

You may have difficulty purchasing tickets from your Apple iPhone or iPad. If you are having difficulty, try another device or call Maitland Library on 4933 6952. Best results are achieved if you hold your device landscape.


14/11/2019 6:00 PM
LWT: PHILOSOPHY FOR MAITLAND

When French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville said the strength of free peoples resides in the local community, what did he mean?

Hunter Valley Socratic Society turn the philosophic lens on Maitland -traversing the expanse of our cultural heritage  to examine community attitudes and expectations and how these may have changed over time.

Celebrating the enduring value of philosophy in our lives, both as an inspiring discipline but also as an everyday practice.

Thu 21 Nov
6.00pm – 7.30pm
Maitland Gaol Auditorium
Free

You may have difficulty purchasing tickets from your Apple iPhone or iPad. If you are having difficulty, try another device or call Maitland Library on 4933 6952. Best results are achieved if you hold your device landscape.


21/11/2019 6:00 PM
JUSTICE PRECINCT TOUR

The area that surrounds Maitland Gaol is of great interest to our visitors and many locals in our area. The Justice Precinct tour explores the complex relationship between the Gaol and it's surrounds, including the East Maitland Courthouse, Mounted Police Barracks and the many locations of the East Maitland Police Station. The tour unpacks how these buildings became the centre of justice in the East Maitland area, as well as exploring the many uses of areas outside the gaol for prisoners. The aim of the tour is to give an understanding of how the land around the gaol was successfully shared and as such a cooperative relationship was formed between the buildings and their many occupants.

 

23/11/2019 11:00 AM
ESCAPES TORCHLIGHT TOUR

Escapes from Maitland Gaol cover a vast period of the facility's history. The earliest years were a time ripe for escape with security features basically comprising of the towering walls. As the years progressed and the type of prisoner changed the escapes became more daring and dangerous. Whatever the prisoners motivation for escape the determination and skill they show achieving their outcome is sure to amaze. Hear about a number of the most daring escapes on this torchlight tour lasting 90 minutes. It gives visitors a glimpse into the desperation felt by prisoners and the risks they took to break free.

Please note that this tour is not recommended for people under 15 years of age.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

23/11/2019 To 28/12/2019
LWT: FAITH IN FREEDOM
28/11/2019 6:00 PM
LILY THE FELON'S DAUGHTER

Melodramas are an audience favourite and with Lily, the Felon's Daughter Maitland Repertory Theatre returns to end of year melodrama fun.

 

Lily, the Felon’s Daughter tells the story of our heroine Lily Fairweather, who is "pure as the driven snow" and of Compton, her weak but handsome sweetheart, and how the dastardly villain Craven Sinclair tries to thwart their plans foreverlasting bliss.

 

Melodrama Fun

Audience interaction is encouraged, so feel free to boo, hiss, cheer and swoon for the villain, hero and heroine. Seating is at tables of eight and you're welcome to bring your own nibblies and drinks to enjoy.  Your ticket price includes a glass of bubbles or sherry on arrival and small Christmas treats with your complimentary tea and coffee at interval.

Ticket Prices: $30

Special discounts are available forgroups of over 20 – contact info@maitlandreptheatre.org for more details.

Included in Ticket Price

On arrival: A welcoming glass of bubbles or sherry

At Interval: Small Christmas treats with your complimentary tea and coffee and after dinner mint.

 

Seating: Tables of 8 (you don’t need to book a full table) and you’re welcome to bring your own nibblies and drinks.

 

The Directors: Directed by Robert Comber and Colleen Kirkman

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:

November: Friday 29, Saturday 30; December Friday 6, Saturday 7, Friday 13, Saturday 14 

 

Doors open at 7:30pm, 30 minutes before performances.
Matinees at 2:00pm:

December Sunday 1, Sunday 8, Sunday 15

Doors open at 1:30pm, 30 minutes before performances

 

29/11/2019 To 15/12/2019
GHOST HUNTING 101

If you've experienced a ghost tour and want to step up to the next level, our Ghost Hunting 101 nights are perfect.

The night starts with a briefing, before you learn the basics on how to use the K2 Meters and voice recorders. You'll experience a vigil, an era cue, use a spirit box, and have time to chat, talk about experiences and have discussion on the topics of ghosts, poltergeists and residual and intelligent hauntings.

Learn about it and then try it out as you hunt for ghosts across the site and in the cells, you even have the opportunity to do some investigating on your own.

The group numbers are limited to allow a more personal experience with Renata Daniel from Newcastle Ghost Tours who will guide you through the night.

Disclaimer - Ghosts are not guaranteed. Participants must be 15 years or over.

PRICE $50 per person
DATE First Friday of each month except November and December (subject to site bookings)
TIME 9.00pm October - April and 8.00pm May - September
DURATION 2 hours (approx.)

 

6/12/2019 To 10/01/2020
CRIMES OF PASSION TORCHLIGHT TOUR
Crimes of passion, they shock and horrify us, but in almost equal measure they intrigue us. Listen to Maitland Gaol come to life with a series of stories focused around crimes of passion that ended in incarceration or worse. The stories are entwined with love, suspicion, greed and envy, with almost all culminating in a brutal ending.

Available only by torchlight, this tour is sure to leave you with the urge to double check your doors are locked at night.

Disclaimer: Please note that the information presented in this tour may be confronting for people of all ages, and includes adult themes, coarse language, violence and sexual references. Children under the age of 15 years are not permitted on this tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.
14/12/2019 To 11/01/2020
150 YEARS UNDER LOCK AND KEY (TORCHLIGHT)
Immerse yourself in the history of Maitland Gaol on this 1½ tour, discovering stories of all sorts of heroes and villains.

Our expert guides are regularly undertaking and updating research to give you the most informed tour of this 150-year-old institution. Delve into all parts of the site and learn of the changes that have occurred in prisoner treatment throughout the life of this oldest continuously operating correctional facility in Australia.

From the English Pentonville Model of the original cell blocks to the modern Maximum Security 5 Wing and the many ancillary buildings scattered throughout the site.

This tour is occasionally presented as a public evening Torchlight Tour but is mainly presented for private groups where it may be adapted to highlight particular aspects of the facility at the request of the group organisers. It is suitable for children.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

4/01/2020 8:00 PM