About the listing
The Macarthur Courthouse, is a small but beautiful building which dates to the 1860s. The society is interested in researching some of the early trials held in the Courthouse. One such trial has gone down in local folklore as The Trial of the Naked Horseman. This trial in 1863 was based around a bet by several stationhands that one of their number could not ride into town naked and then into the hotel and buy a beer. The horseman attempted to win the bet and was promptly arrested for indecency.
In late 2011 the small lock up that once stood next to the town's police station was moved to the grassed area adjacent to the courthouse and this interesting little weatherboard building gives an insight into the primitive conditions that prisoners were held under in the 19th century.
The historical society was formed in March 1987 and operates on the third Thursday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The society can also help with family history research, contacts details above.
There is a very pleasant picnic area opposite the courthouse.