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Hartley Courthouse

Hartley Historic Site

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Overview

Providing a rare vivid glimpse into Australia’s colonial past, Hartley Courthouse is the perfect venue for history buffs, or for those just looking for a venue hire option with a uniquely historic flavour.

Where
44 Old Great Western Highway, Hartley, NSW, 2790 - in Hartley Historic Site
Venue is suitable for
Arts and cultural events, private party or function and wedding ceremonies
Capacity
Maximum people: 40
The venue can hold 40 people for indoor events and 100 people for outdoor events.
Facilities
Picnic tables, carpark, toilets
Fees

$850 for use of the internal building, including a rehearsal day on either side. Outdoor wedding ceremonies are $375 for a 3 hour booking.

Availability
Available to hire 7 days a week except 25 and 31 December, and 1 January.
Venue not available for exclusive hire
The space outside the front of the courthouse is available for non-exclusive hire only. The internal courthouse building can be hired exclusively.
Bookings
Bookings are required. To make a booking or for more information contact Hartley Visitor Centre.
Other Information
  • The outdoor space in front of the courthouse can be hired for non-exclusive events such as wedding ceremonies.
  • The courthouse building can be hired exclusively for wedding ceremonies and events.

Hartley Courthouse was designed by colonial architect Mortimer Lewis in the Grecian Revival style. Still largely intact and constructed solidly of locally quarried sandstone, it’s an imposing building, as it was designed to be, and provides an impressive backdrop to any wedding or special event.

The building’s 3 doorways provided entrances for prisoners, the public and magistrates, and today, visitors can explore the cellblock that housed prisoners and convicts. Many notorious bushrangers and cattle thieves were kept here inside these cells, with their bars and bolts still in position. You can just imagine the thoughts of men that were once used to roaming the country being locked up tight in this remote prison.

As the convict system faded into history, and Hartley was bypassed by the new railway, the need for a courthouse here diminished. Benefits were held in this grand old building during World War II, and nowadays you and your guests can wander through this historic building, celebrating your special day while contemplating Australia’s vivid colonial past.

For directions, safety and practical information, see venue info

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