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40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIREBOMBING OF THE WHISKEY AU GO GO

Friday 8 March marks the fortieth anniversary of the firebombing of the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub in Fortitude Valley. One of the worst crimes ever committed in Australia, the two men found guilty of the crime, James Richard Finch and John Andrew Stuart, became household names in Queensland. From within the walls of Boggo […]

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KILLER ON WAY TO BOGGO ROAD GAOL (60 YEARS AGO)

Today marks 60 years since Arthur Ernest Halliday was found guilty of the murder of taxi driver Athol McCowan. Otherwise known as “Slim”, Halliday was already well-known.  In 1940, and again in 1946, he managed the seemingly impossible – escaping from Brisbane’s Boggo Road Gaol. He served a lengthy period of imprisonment following those two […]

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HERITAGE WORK: Padlocks – Acquisitions

It never ceases to amaze us the incredible connections to Boggo Road Gaol that are out there in the community. We recently acquired four original prison padlocks from a member of the public whose father performed maintenance for the State Government at Wacol prison. Three are “Chubb” brand padlocks, commonly used to secure cell doors […]

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Images of the past: the two gaols at Boggo Road

THE TWO GAOLS AT BOGGO ROAD: Just after the turn of the new century, the original Brisbane Gaol (at left) was joined by a new gaol. The original Gaol was renamed H.M. Gaol for Men and H.M. Gaol for Women (right) opened to compliment it. “A” Tower can be seen on the wall of the […]

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IMAGES OF THE PAST: THE BRISBANE GAOL

This is the earliest known photograph of the Brisbane Gaol as viewed from Bolgo Road (“Boggo Road”), circa late 19th century, showing the drive and gatehouse. Opened in 1883, the prison would become infamous. Number Two Division, the only remaining section today, had not yet been constructed at the time this photograph was taken. Source: […]

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BOGGO ROAD GAOL WHAT IS IT?

  This is the first BOGGO ROAD GAOL WHAT IS IT image. We will post WHAT IS IT? on a regular basis on our BLOG and FACEBOOK. We want your guesses. We will let you know WHAT IT IS at the end of the week! Get guessing…

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SECRETS OF BOGGO ROAD – NUMBER TWO DIVISION CIRCA 1930s

    The only remaining section of Boggo Road Gaol was originally a purpose-built female prison. In the 1920s when it became No2 Division, the home of long term male inmates, the words on the parapet were updated from “H M PRISON FOR WOMEN” to “MEN” , with the letters “WO” being covered over to […]

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HERITAGE WORK

Boggo Road Gaol Tour Guide Toby Martin carefully removes ‘Bluetac’, sticky tape and other rubbish from the walls of the Gatehouse in Number Two Division; left from years of poorly managed events and functions, this laboursome task is one of many being carried out by Boggo Road Gaol staff to reinstate the image of the […]

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‘I AM AS INNOCENT AS THE JUDGE WHO SENTENCED ME’

The last minutes of Patrick Kenniffs life were captured in an article written for The Brisbane Courier newspaper published the day after his execution. Patrick was a Catholic, and as such, was compelled to confess his sins before he died. Many placed great weight upon his maintenance, in the presence of death, that he was […]

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THE KENNIFFS ON TRIAL

The whole state of Queensland was gripped by the trial of the Kenniffs, which took place in the Brisbane Supreme Court. The trial was held before Sir Samuel W. Griffith, regarded as one of the founders of the Australian Constitution. The Prosecution case was circumstantial, and the evidence of Crown witness, tracker Sam Johnson, regarded […]

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