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Mar 27, 2019

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...

Mar 21, 2019

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 Sweeping away out of date procedures, clarifying roles and improving prisoner’s rights.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,...

Mar 13, 2019

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...

Mar 6, 2019

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!