A Date with the Hangman
Get up close and personal with the hangman and his gruesome profession on a special Date with the Hangman at Maitland Gaol.
Start the night with a tour “Hurled into Eternity”, which will visit the condemned man’s cell and the gallows locations to hear the harrowing tales of the ultimate punishment at Maitland Gaol. What were the crimes of the condemned? How did they spend their final moments?
This special tour draws on the actual descriptions of several hangings as reported at the time.
The tour will be followed by an audio visual presentation The Uncommon Hangman presented by historian and author Dr Rachel Franks. Who was Robert ‘Nosey Bob’ Howard? How did he go from society buggy driver to become NSW longest serving executioner? Hear his story and about the research undertaken by Dr Franks in the imposing three tiered cellblock B Wing.
Interested in adding a ghostly twist to the evening? The VIP package is for you!
A paranormal investigation titled “Connecting with the Condemned” will be lead by multi award winning paranormal investigators Renata Daniel and Anne Rzechowicz. VIP ticket holders will try to reach back through the veil to connect with those who died at the end of the hangman’s rope in Maitland Gaol. Guests will use paranormal investigative technologies and methods at the locations where the 16 men were dropped through the trapdoor into eternity.
If you wish to attend the Tour (Hurled into Eternity) and Presentation (The Uncommon Hangman) only please purchase a General Admission ticket.
If you wish to attend the Tour (Hurled into Eternity), Presentation (The Uncommon Hangman) AND stay back for the Paranormal Investigation (Connecting with the Condemned) then please purchase the VIP ticket which covers all.
This experience commences at 7.00pm
Bookings are essential
The general admission experience has a duration of approximately 2 hours
The VIP experience is all inclusive with a duration of approximately 4.5 hours
Classification: MA15+ – Contains content that may offend including sex, crime, cruelty, violent and course language. Only suitable for persons aged 18 years or over.
Disclaimer – Ghosts are not guaranteed. Participants must be 18 years or over, this is an ADULTS ONLY event.
Please note that the ‘Hurled into Eternity’ tour contains adult themes which could be confronting or triggering. Themes included in the storytelling are
The evolution, process and equipment used in executions by hanging
Executions of First Nations people
Crimes against children
Language from the past
Storytelling will involve the names and images of deceased persons. As with many of the themes associated with Maitland Gaol some people may find these stories distressing, if you are unsure if this tour is right for you, please contact the Maitland Gaol office for more information before purchasing a ticket. Contact (02) 4936 6482 or [email protected]