Unlike the gorgeous Nicole I am not an early riser so prefer sunset shoots over sunrise - more time to prepare, scout locations when the wind and surf are too rough and more sleeping time of a morning! 😁
The downside is living on the east coast of this great land usually means you don't get to see the sun go down over the ocean. Until you are introduced to the prefect bay, facing west and behind a breakwall 😀 (even though I've lived here for over 3 years I've never been here!) And so beauty was captured!
Trial Bay Gaol was ultimately stripped and its fixtures sold off in 1922. It is presently overseen by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of NSW.
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A place of severe punishment, the ruins of the old Trial Bay Gaol nonetheless retain an austere beauty, particularly given their seaside location.
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After its abandonment in 1903, Trial Bay Gaol was briefly reopened in 1915 during the First World War as an internment camp for people of German descent, distrusted as possible enemy sympathisers. This was the sites last use as a place of incarceration.
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Construction of Trial Bay Gaol took thirteen years. It was abandoned in 1903 for being too costly to run, and inappropriate given the changing attitudes towards incarceration.
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Construction of Trial Bay Gaol took thirteen years, and it was explicitly built to provide prison labour for a breakwater project intended to make the bay a harbour of refuge.
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Trial Bay Gaol on NSW's Mid North Coast emerged from roughly the same period that informed the penal attitudes and architecture as Pentridge and was completed in 1886.
Good news for local and visiting boaties to South West Rocks – work to improve access and parking at Laggers Point boat ramp area at Trial Bay has been completed.
The work was carried out by the Roads and Maritime Service and has involved widening the access road, installing additional car and trailer parking, and upgrading the waterfront picnic area.
The project was initiated through a stakeholder working group involving Council, Ecofishers, @nswnationalparks DPI Fisheries, South West Rocks Chamber of Commerce, Crown Lands, Marine Rescue and Roads and Maritime Services. For more information go to: bit.ly/2vOEGCh
Drones eye view of Trial Bay Goal - South West Rocks
Opened in 1886, after 13 years of construction, it must have been a strange feeling building a prison in such a beautiful setting. The prison labourers were there to construct a breakwater to make Trial Bay a safe harbour between Sydney and Brisbane. Unfortunately the scheme failed, but you can still see the remains of the breakwater from the guard tower lookout. During World War I, the gaol became an internment camp for people of German descent who were feared to be enemy sympathisers.
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