NEWSFLASH! BRISBANE CORRECTIONAL CENTRE CLOSES (27 JULY 1992)
Twentyfive years ago, on Monday 27 July 1992, Corrective Services Minister Glen Milliner closed the gates of Number One Division of the Brisbane Correctional Centre. Thus officially ending the era of Boggo Road Gaol, Australia's most notorious prison.
Over 119 years of operation, thousands of men and women were incarcerated behind its red-brick walls. There were many infamous inmates including the "Houdini of Boggo Road" escapologist and jail-breaker "Slim" Halliday and the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub fire-bombers. Forty-two prisoners were executed by hanging; the last being in 1913.
In the 1980s, Boggo Road was the scene of dramatic escapes, riots, hunger-strikes and roof-top protests which led to the prison's official closure. Heritage-listed No. 2 Division (the remaining section of Boggo Road) has been retained like it was when it closed its gates. Since 2012 Boggo Road Gaol Pty Ltd has conducted guided tours, events and experiences at the historic site. It is now part of the new Boggo Road Urban Village redevelopment.
Prisoner Cell Block
To commemorate the closure Boggo Road Gaol will be offering special additional tours and activities including prison re-enactments and guest speakers.