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WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO BOGGO ROAD GAOL

Boggo Road Gaol will be closing for tours & events late 2015. The Gaol is to be redeveloped in 2016. The heritage-listed Gaol will be adaptively reused and the modern sections of the prison will be demolished to make way for bars, restaurants and cafes. Visitors will be able to eat and dine where prisoners […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

DUPED BY A CON.WOMAN : Gladys Hardgrave (1935)

On the 24th of February 1935 The Truth Newspaper reported that Gladys Hardgrave was found guilty of astute confidence tricks, after a dramatic legal fight. This short, slim woman with tear brimmed sparkling blue eyes stood weeping as she was sentenced to 37 weeks imprisonment. As she was led to the watch house cells she […]

REOPEN A MYSTERY: MARJORIE NORVAL (1938)

Brisbane True Crimes author Ken Blanch, will call on Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to reopen the case of the 1938 mysterious disappearance of a Brisbane social identity when he launches his latest book nest Sunday November 5 at Boggo Road Gaol. In Marjorie Norval: The Girl a railway Station Swallowed, Ken Blanch recalls the sensation and the […]

WATERHOLE DROWNING : REVEREND JOHN GREGOR (1848)

WATERHOLE DROWNING: REVEREND JOHN GREGOR (1848) Early newspapers in Brisbane frequently carried reports of tragic deaths by drowning in the surrounding waterholes. Many sank to the depths by accident, unable to swim. Others stumbled in to the water drunk or committed suicide. A sad story was posted in a local Newspaper in 1848. Reverend John […]

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