Tom Castro: The man who never was



In 1865, Wagga Wagga butcher Tom Castro stepped across the threshold of his shop and into the history books. Claiming to be the long-lost heir to the Tichborne family’s Hampshire estates, Tom unwittingly set in motion one of the greatest cases of disputed identify in recent criminal history. Man, myth, would-be baronet, peep show oddity and pauper, who was Tom Castro, and did he ever really exist?

The Museum of the Riverina brings this amazing story to life in the wonderfully evocative surrounds of our Historic Council Chambers. View the Nathan Hughes painting ‘The Great Tichborne Trials’ alongside objects from the Museum’s Tichborne collection, believed to be one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Visit the Exhibition

  • Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm, closed Mondays.
  • Dates: From Dec 22 2023
  • Location: Museum of the Riverina Historic Council Chambers site, corner Baylis Street and Morrow Street, Wagga Wagga
  • Cost: Free