Educational Experiences

“TEACH ‘EM A LESSON THEY’LL NEVER FORGET”

Learn about Australian history, crime, punishment, law and order. Choose from four different tour packages that will be sure to educate and excite your students.

Each educational packages shows students what life was like in Boggo Road with a dedicated and knowledgeable tour guide, who can tailor a tour to suit student age and curriculum.  These tours are popular with schools, universities, guides, scouts, and more.

VIEW EDUCATIONAL TOURS BELOW:

LIFE IN THE WOMEN’S PRISON – Experience & Tour

 

History Tour (1 hour)/ Life in the Women’s Prison (1 hour)

Tour Overview
This education package combines the Boggo Road Gaol History Tour with an immersive historical re-enactment by the Prison Players: Female Division who bring the Gaol to life through live theatre. The Players recreate His Majesty’s Prison for Women at Boggo Road in the year 1907. Students will learn what life was like for female prisoners behind the red brick walls, more than 100 years ago.

Experience Includes:
Students will come face-to-face with “real” female prisoners, and can ask them about their lives and crimes, be taught how to fold blankets and sweep the floor, watched over by a female warder who can tell them about her role, duties and responsibilities.

Students will be part of a “muster” (roll call), then be marched into the workshop to learn how to sew – an essential skill taught to prisoners to help them find employment when they were released.

Students leave with a deep understanding of how hard life was for women on the wrong side of the law – and those who guarded them – more than a century ago.

 

 

Price:
$27.50 per student – Secondary Schools (min 20 students required)

$22.50 per student – Primary Schools (min 20 students required)
Supervisors receive complimentary tickets

Price includes their tour, historical immersion and souvenir sewing sampler, and historic poster/postcard. 

HISTORY TOURS

 

Private guided tour (1.5 hour long)

Tour Overview
Discover the 116 year history of Boggo Road, the crimes and daily life of prisoners, officer’s duties, riots and roof-top protests. See the cell of the legendary “Slim” Halliday – “The Houdini of Boggo Road”. Suitable for all ages.

Experience Includes:
Entry into historic Number 2 Division, Boggo Road Gaol
Visits to the gatehouse, yards, the Circle and ends with time to explore F Wing cell block – where prisoners staged a rooftop protest in 1988
See original prisoner cells

 

Price:

$20 per student – Secondary Schools 

$15 per student – Primary Schools 

Supervisors receive complimentary tickets

PRISONER TOURS

 

Private guided tour (1.5 hour long)

Tour Overview
Hear what life was like behind the bars of Boggo, from a former prisoner – an amazing and fascinating insight into crime, justice and injustice inside this infamous prison. (Please note some of the stories you will hear involve strong concepts and mature content – and therefore suitable for those aged 15 and over)

Experience Includes:
Entry into historic Number 2 Division, Boggo Road Gaol
Visit the gatehouse, yards, the Circle and ends with time to explore an original cell block
Time to ask Tour Guide about their experiences and time behind bars.
See original prisoner cells and authentic 1980s prisoner graffiti

 

Price:

$20 per student – Secondary Schools 

Supervisors receive complimentary tickets

ESCAPES TOURS

 

Private guided tour (1.5 hour long)

Tour Overview
Learn of the jail-breakers who breached the escape-proof walls of No.2 Division. See where escapologist “Slim” Halliday – “The Houdini of Boggo Road” escaped in 1940. Visit his cell designed to keep him locked up! PG rated.

Experience Includes:
Entry into historic Number 2 Division, Boggo Road Gaol.
Visits to the gatehouse, yard, the Circle, back track and ends with time to explore D Wing cell block – where the cell of the infamous Slim Halliday is.
See original prisoner cells and follow the escape routes of prisoners.

 

Price:

$20 per student – Secondary Schools 

$15 per student – Primary Schools 

Supervisors receive complimentary tickets

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