Boggo Road Gaol Podcasts

Season 2


Episode #1

A Sneak Peek of 2019

Gaol Director Jack Sim and Research Co-ordinator Sue Olsen talk about this year’s special anniversaries and important dates.

They also reveal some of the stories that will be covered in this season of BOGGO and for the first time, you the listeners get to influence what we discuss, and let us know what you want to hear more about!


Episode #2

Halliday – The Early Years

In this episode of BOGGO Gaol Director Jack Sim and research Co-ordinator Sue Olsen discuss the early years of Arthur Ernest Halliday otherwise known as Slim Halliday.

2019 marks 80 years since Slim came to Boggo Road Gaol for his first decent stretch of time.

This sentence is a dramatic turning point in the life of Halliday.


Episode #3

Partners in Crime – Halliday Exhibit

In this Episode Gaol Director Jack Sim and Research Coordinator Sue Olsen are joined inside by Tiana Adair, Museum Assistant from the Queensland Police Museum – our partners in crime.

Tiana is here to promote our new Crime, Law and Justice Trail and to discuss with us a fascinating exhibition at the museum on Arthur Ernest “Slim” Halliday and reveals how one piece of evidence was crucial in the conviction of Halliday for wilful murder – “Peter the Dog”.


Episode #4

Documenting SLIM

In this episode Research Co-ordinator Sue Olsen is talking with Director Kate Jorgensen about the short documentary SLIM that has been made at Boggo Road Gaol documenting the life of the notorious Arthur Ernest Halliday, otherwise known as Slim.

Kate shares with the audience the process of developing the documentary and we discuss the upcoming launch date for SLIM.


Episode #5

Victim of Circumstance – Margaret Dove Fraser

In celebrating Queensland Women’s week with this year’s theme “Financial security and literacy”; we have chosen to highlight how the lives of women of Boggo Road Gaol were directly affected with financial insecurity and circumstance.

In today’s episode we are sharing the tragic story of Margaret Dove Fraser a woman of her time and a direct victim of circumstance.

We interview Margaret’s granddaughter Sandra for her story.


Episode #6

Queensland Women’s Week

In this episode Gaol Director Jack Sim and Research Coordinator discuss Queensland Women’s Week 2019.

How it is being celebrated with special events in Boggo Road Gaol and Sue makes a very special announcement!


Episode #7

The Great Escape

The 1980s were the most turbulent decade in the history of Boggo Road Gaol.

Riots, roof-top protests and hunger-strikes by prisoners became the norm. On Saturday 11 March 1989 the biggest mass-breakout ever took place when eight prisoners managed to escape Brisbane Prison.

Officers remember it as the “Laundry Truck Escape”. Journalists called it the “Great Escape”. Prisoners called it the “Boggo Road Fun Run”.


Episode #8

Rules and Regs – Treatment, Discipline and Conduct

In 1959 a new Prisons Act came into force. Sweeping away out of date procedures, clarifying roles and improving prisoner’s rights.

The act laid out clearly punishments and the powers of prison officers. Every officer was expected to know the regulations like the back of his hand.

Part 12 of the Act – Treatment, Discipline and Conduct of Prisoners would form the crucial foundation that would determine the day to day management in the prison.

The rules and regs would decide what prisoners and officers could and couldn’t do …


Episode #9

Prison Workshops

With the closure of St Helena Island as a prison in Queensland came the shift of long service men to Boggo Road Gaol.

What would now be the new number two division, the former prison for females would be moved elsewhere.

The workshops for women were converted into the workshops for men.

Soon however the need for the transfer of workshops from St Helena would necessitate the construction of an all new workshops at Boggo Road Gaol.

2019 marks the 90th Anniversary of these workshops.

Join Gaol Director Jack Sim and Research Coordinator Sue Olsen as they uncover the history of these essential buildings.


Episode #10

The Black Hand

Mafia activity has been known to exist in Australia’s southern states for decades.

Many however would not know that in the 1920s and 1930s Queensland had its very own Mafia.

Known as the Black Hand they were every bit as dangerous as their southern counterparts.

This group of migrant Italian cane field workers was full of extortionists, thieves, pimps, rapists and cold-blooded murderers.

Four of these men would end up in Boggo Road Gaol.


Episode #11

The Secret Inquiry

In the 1950s conditions at Boggo Road Gaol were at fever pitch.

The prison was horribly over-crowded, prisoners and officers were unhappy.

There were riots, protests and regular violence.

Finally, late one night there was an escape attempt by notorious violent offenders.

This attempt and one officers firm stance would be the subject of a secret inquiry held within the walls of Boggo Road Gaol.


Episode #12

Red Flag Protests

A century ago this month, one of the most violent political protests, indeed probably the first real protest of its kind – marched its way through the streets of Brisbane City.

What would ensue over the coming days would change Brisbane forever.

It would also see thirteen men locked up in Boggo Road Gaol for long sentences with hard labour.


Episode #13

The Colossus of Boggo Road

Gold Coast bodybuilder Nathan Jones, at 207 centimeters and weighing 128 kilograms, was nicknamed “The Colossus of Boggo Road” Nathan was convicted in the Brisbane Supreme Court in April 1989 on five counts of attempted robbery and three of the unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

In prison, an upset Nathan is said to have torn his cell door off; in reality he was a gentle giant.

Having served his sentence Nathan was released and turned his life around eventually becoming a WWE wrestler and later a famous Hollywood movie star.


Episode #14

Our Strangest State School

Boggo Road Gaol is hardly a place you could imagine that a State School would be.
However, in 1948 that’s exactly where there was one was opened. Under the tutaledge of an experienced Brisbane State High School teacher a school for prisoners was opened inside the walls of Boggo Road Gaol. It schooled all kids of prisoners… from petty thieves and armed robbers to infamous murderers. Come and visit Our Strangest State School.


Episode #15

Prison Players – Male Division

Gaol Director Jack Sim and Sue Olsen discuss the upcoming launch of the Male Division Prison Players from the 1970s era at Boggo Road Gaol; The important steps being taken in obtaining items to represent prisoners and officers of that time as accurately as possible and some recent acquisitions.


Episode #16

From the Headlines – 4 more prisoners swallow wire

Prisoners often cause themselves harm to escape the confines of gaol, if only for a short time. In the 1970s a new era of prisoners were in Boggo Road Gaol, with them came new methods of injuring themselves and others. Gaol Director Jack Sim and Research Coordinator Sue Olsen discuss an important discovery in a 1974 newspaper.