Saturday, May 16, 2015

Maitland Gaol house ills – prison’s medical history revealed

From the Maitland Mercury report:
The hospital used to treat some of Australia’s most hardened and notorious criminals will open its doors to the public for the first time since the late 1990s. 
Slightly more bearable than a small concrete cell, the single ward of the Maitland Gaol ­hospital accommodated ­criminals suffering from a range of illnesses.
The hospital closed in 1998 along with the gaol, but will open on Sunday after 17 years in the form of an interpretive display.
“The gaol wasn’t a particularly nice place to spend your time, and if you were unwell you can only imagine how uncomfortable it would be,” Maitland Gaol co-ordinator Gordon Sauber said.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, May 14, 2015.