This Day in History: 2015-09-12

Thomas Shaw showing his socks in the Newcastle Gaol Museum Courtyard (Photo: M. Eberle)

The 150th birthday party of the Newcastle Gaol in Clinton Street, Toodyay, was held at the Newcastle Gaol Museum precinct. The rainy weather put a slight dampener on the event but in the end around 250 to 300 people joined the celebrations throughout the day. Members of the 1860s Perth Volunteer Rifle Regiment opened the event with a flourish – firing off several rounds and even bagging a couple of ‘ducks’ in the process. Our prisoner ‘Thomas Shaw’ (aka Toodyay Historical Society member Milton Baxter) was then escorted from the gaol to his trial over the road in the newly cleared Old Wicklow Shearing Shed. A good crowd enjoyed the shenanigans there before he was duly sentenced to stay overnight in a cell in the gaol, supervised by THS ‘Warders’.

Sources:
Toodyay herald, Oct. 2015, p.20.
Duidgeeana, Issue no. 40 (Spring 2015), pp. 1-3 (photos)