From the headlines…..A Bright Day for Prisoners!

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Ever wonder what did the prisoners in Boggo Road do on New Year’s Eve?

Safe to say there was no champagne or fireworks!

But what did they do?

Read on to find out!

From the headlines…Daily Mercury: Monday 3rd January 1938 Page 6.


“BRIGHT DAY FOR PRISONERS” Daily Mercury: Monday 3rd January 1938 Page 6.

James Francis Whitney




BRISBANE, Jan. 2. — Community singing in which the long service men joined with zest was a feature of the New Year party given In No. 2 prison of Brisbane gaol on Saturday afternoon. Archbishop Duhig was present.

The Comptroller-General (Mr. J. F. Whitney) welcomed the Archbishop, and thanked the Roman Catholic chaplain, Father J. Butler, and his sister, Miss Butler, for arranging the party.

Archbishop Duhig commended the Government and the Comptroller-General for extending humane treatment to prisoners, ‘which, he said, was’ more beneficial than the old system of durance.

Archbishop James Duhig

The community singing was led by Mr. E. Sheridan. Mrs. Sheridan played piano accompaniments and marches, and Misses Nancy and Babe Bridges and Mr. Clifford Bridges Introduced varied entertainment. Refreshments provided by Miss Butler were distributed. The huge hamper contained 1000 home-made, cakes, 301b of peanut toffee, and seven cases of fruit.

Archbishop Duhig spoke to inmates individually, and wished them a happy New Year.

Mr. R. Rapson, acting superintendent of the gaol, supervised the arrangements.

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