The Watch House at George Town in Northern Tasmania is the historic old Gaol site

Featuring a range of displays conveying the region's rich history, the present building was built in 1843 and was reopened in 2004 as part of George Town's Bicentenary of European settlement.

It features a wonderful model village that allows visitors to imagine what early nineteenth-century life was like in George Town, and an acclaimed ‘Departures & Arrivals’ display describes the Female Factories and links to the convict experience.

The Watch House drawing

Visitors can enter a primitive cell to get an idea of the tough life of prisoners awaiting trial or view the changing displays featuring the best in Tasmanian arts and crafts.

The Watch House
The Watch House display

The Community History Room contains a wealth of local information for historians and those researching their ancestry.

Honestly wasn't expecting much when we went in but were blown away by the friendliness of the staff and their excitement to share the story of Bass and Flinders with us. There's a full sized replica of the Norfolk ship inside (You have no idea looking on the outside of the centre) which you can go in and explore and a few other things to look at. I highly recommend going to the Bass and Flinders centre if you're up in George Town, it was a favorite of mine on the trip and I'd go back again.

Adam Rosewarne