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Boggo Road Gaol Redevelopment Update 26.10.2015

The redevelopment at Boggo Road Gaol has entered into the next stage. Calile Malouf Investments, who have the rights for the redevelopment, lodged their development application (DA), on Tuesday 20th October. Boggo Road Gaol is the last undeveloped heritage site in the inner-city. Its value to the people of Queensland and Australia is immense. Boggo […]

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THE FRAZER VAULT : ROOKWOOD CEMETERY (1974)

Jack Sim recently visited the city of Sydney, and explored the Necropolis that is Rookwood Cemetery, – it is literally the City of the Dead and has lived up to its name. Parts of the cemetery are wild, overgrown with a bizarre combination of bushland and exotic flowers, vines, trees and shrubs. Wildlife abounds. It […]

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A Boring Escape: Joseph Alexander Raymond Valentino (1927)

The name Valentino was making headlines in 1927, nearly a year after the death of silent screen actor Rudolph Valentino. He was regarded by his legions of female fans as the personification of sex. Joseph Alexander R. Valentino, on the other hand, was certainly not in the headlines. In Boggo Road Gaol for vagrancy, this […]

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“HOUDINI” ESCAPED BOGGO ROAD 75 YEARS AGO…

“SLIM” HALLIDAY –  ESCAPED 28 JANUARY 1940 Special Event – Wednesday 28 January 2015 Join us Wednesday 28 January 2015 at 3pm outside the prison gates to commemorate 75 years since Halliday made his first daring breakout. RSVP bookings@boggoroadgaol.com ************************* Seven and a half decades ago, on 28 January 1940, a housebreaker from New South […]

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THE LAST BUSHRANGER IN QUEENSLAND : James Kenniff (1940)

Charters Towers, a beautiful outback town South West of Townsville was once a thriving hub due to the large deposits of gold (the second largest city outside of Brisbane). As the gold dried up, mining became uneconomic, Charters Towers population slowly declined, but the stunning old buildings and ghosts remained. On the outskirts of Charters […]

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“I AM SURE I FIRED THREE” THE HOLLAND PARK TAXI MURDER (1939)

This year marks 75 years since Derwent Evans Arkinstall murdered taxi driver Howard Thomas Chambers at Holland Park on Brisbane’s Southside. In June 1939, Brisbane was shocked when it was learnt that the killer was only 18 years of age. An electrician’s apprentice Arkinstall seemed a most unlikely killer. Indeed when interviewed by police soon […]

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THE CHERMSIDE TOMAHAWK MURDER (1959)

In 1983, Brisbane residents were shocked to read of a campaign to release a forgotten murderer from behind the bars of Boggo Road Jail. Wife killer, Jack Foy 66, was at the time Queensland’s longest serving prisoner. His savage crime, his first and only offense shocked the people of Chermside 24 years earlier.   Out […]

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THE HUSBAND WHO DROWNED HIS WIFE (1961)

The public interest in and media coverage of the trial of Gerard Baden Clay mirrors that of half a century ago when Dutchman Hank Plomp claimed his pregnant wife vanished at night after a swim. When 30 year-old Brisbane City Council bus driver Hendrikus Plomp staggered out of the surf at Southport 53 years ago […]

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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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