Heritage Places

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Address 45 Wehl Street South MOUNT GAMBIER
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Mount Gambier Council
Polygon Type B - Building footprint
Details (Known As) The Old Mount Gambier Gaol
Registered Name Gaol
Significance The 1866 Mount Gambier Gaol is historically significant as an important element in the evolution of gaol planning in South Australia. It was one of five country gaols built by the South Australian government in the decade between 1856 and 1866 based on a generic design featuring back-to-back cells and a symmetrical plan. The Mount Gambier Gaol and its 1856 Redruth (Burra) predecessor (SHP 10042) are the only two of the original five to have survived. Mount Gambier Gaol is also of note as the longest running country gaol in the state, operating continuously from its opening in 1866 until it was decommissioned in 1995. The successive layers of adaptation expressed in the building's fabric demonstrate response to changing needs and developments in penal philosophies over time. [Adapted from: Lothar Brasse Architects, Mount Gambier Conservation and Management Plan, February 1995.]
Subject Index Law and enforcement - Gaol
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 24-JUL-1980
LGA Mount Gambier
State Heritage ID 10234
Heritage Number 13689
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5809/435 D50342 A60


While due care has been taken to ensure that the SA Heritage Places Database accurately reflects the South Australian Heritage Register and listings of Local Heritage Places in Development Plans, the State of South Australia does not accept liability for the use of the SA Heritage Database for any purpose. Users should consult the Department for Environment and Water - Heritage South Australia to confirm the listing of State Heritage Places and the relevant Development Plan for Local Heritage Places/Contributory Items.

In the majority of cases, the maps of State Heritage Places on this web site show the footprints of the most significant structures on a registered Place. However, sometimes they simply indicate the complete area of land comprising the Place. Work is proceeding to further refine the mapping of such places. It is also important to note that development control is not limited to the registered structures but extends to their setting and structures nearby (what is termed ‘development affecting’ a State Heritage Place). Hence it is vital that exact details of the listed place and implications for any proposed development be discussed with Heritage South Australia staff, as they cannot be deduced solely from the information on this web site. The inclusion of a place in the SA Heritage Register gives no right of public access. Permission to visit properties must be sought from the owners. The accuracy of the mapping of State Heritage Places is not guaranteed. Please contact Heritage SA ( https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/topics/heritage/sa-heritage-register) if you believe there is an error.

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