The Watch House at George Town in Northern Tasmania is the historic old gaol site and features a range of display’s conveying the regions rich history.
The present building was built in 1843 and was reopened in 2004 as part of George Town’s Bicentenary of European settlement. Features include a wonderful model village which allows visitors to imagine what early nineteenth century life was like in George Town, the acclaimed ‘Departures and Arrivals’ display describing the Female Factories and links to the convict experience, and a primitive cell where visitors can enter to get an idea of the tough life of prisoners awaiting trial. The Community History Room contains a wealth of local information for historians and those researching their ancestry.
The Watch House also houses changing displays featuring the best in Tasmanian arts and crafts.
Whether you are a local, former resident or first-time visitor to George Town, you are sure to find something of interest at The Watch House.