Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), Brisbane

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Named after the road which led to it, that became a boggy quagmire after rain, “Boggo Road Gaol” was officially known as the Brisbane Prison. For 109 years it dominated the skyline of the capital of Queensland. It’s stark red brick walls, and imposing guard tower on Annerley Road have become iconic for all the wrong reasons.

Boggo Road Gaol opened in 1883 as the Brisbane Gaol. Used mainly as a holding prison for those serving short sentences or on remand, its initial infamy came from it being a place of execution. In 1903, a new purpose-built separate women's gaol was created. After nearly 20 years of use, H M Gaol for Women was closed, its female occupants shifted to another part of the prison site.

In the 1920s, the men of the St Helena Island prison in Moreton Bay were moved into the former women’s gaol. Renamed Number Two Division, this section became home to those serving the longest sentences – killers, murderers, and violent offenders. Three cellblocks became the homes of “Lifers”. Soon Boggo Road became notorious.

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  • I attended the Former Prisoner and Former Officer Tour of Boggo Road Gaol on Sunday, 23 June, 2019, with my partner and some of my family. It was very enjoyable. I'm the kind of person who enjoys hist...  more »
  • Last weekend we visited the prison and did the history tour which was good but advice to those visiting: make sure you check out which tours you really want to do as they don’t show and tell everythin...  more »
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  • We went to a birthday party that was hosted at Boggo road gaol and it was truly awesome! The tour was so much fun and we all got to dress up and take pictures in the cells. So much fun!!
  • Awesome History tour. Just us and the guide, so very personal. Great history of the gaol and surrounding areas. The Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
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