The Nerang jail is one of the few local, period heritage buildings still surviving in 2024.



As mentioned above the old jail sat at the Carrara Council grounds where it was well
used for a number of years after being donated to the Albert Australia Day Foundation
for use at their annual celebration plus other events. With redevelopment of the grounds
to a sporting facility precinct about to commence the building was relocated to the site
of the South Coast Restoration Society at Pimpima for temporary storage.
The facilitation of the removal was courtesy of local member Cr. Young.
The next image was taken at SCRS just prior to the next relocation to
Country Paradise Parklands.




The remains of two old shop fronts had been mounted on steel stumps parallel
to the
access road and next to the old stables which were later demolished
to make way for
the new Council, community playground. During donation
discussions between the
G.C.A.D.F. and the N.C.P.A. committees, the decision
was made to establish the jail
in line with and to the West of these two
building remains following relocation.

The supporting stumps and groundwork for the jail were completed by the
Nerang Men's
shed and Committee volunteers as displayed in the next image.




Not long after the building received a new paint job courtesy of President Tim Wilson
and a couple of volunteers after checking with the relevant knowledge base to match
the appropriate, period heritage colours. Following further discussions between the
GCADF and NCPA the decision was taken to hold an official 'handover' activity with
a fraternal gathering to follow as shown in the next image.




With the building firmly established on site it was time to intergrate the three
structures by adding a new deck and access ramp pending the later restoration
of the existing structures which has since been completed also as of March 2024.




The design of the jail was in keeping with other similar structures located in the
South East.

The building in the next image was once the lock-up for the Tallebudgera area and it
currently is displayed in the Mudgeeraba Heritage Museum.The photograph was taken
on Australia Day some years ago.




Courtesy of the Gold Coast Local Studies Library, the author was presented with
a number of page
copies from a colonial era, Nerang police log book.
The original is held by  the State Archives.
A sample page is
included below as a general interest item.
The date on the document is October 1875 and it is signed by Senior Constable

Peter Bourke. The content of the page is portion of a report to the O.I.C.,
Police, Southern District.