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Boggo Road Gaol 25th Anniversary Event

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by May Cross (subscribe)
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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.

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Prison bars

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.

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Cell of "Houdini of Boggo Road"

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.

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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.

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Bell used as alarm clock for inmates and locals

Thursday 27 July 2017 (25th Anniversary)

10.30am Outside the prison gates to commemorate 25 years since Boggo Road Gaol's closure and history.
11.00am History Tour which you can book at Gaol Shop on the day or book online.

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Rusty Hasp

Saturday 29 July 2017

10.00am History Tour
10.30am Author Guest Speaker
11.00am History Tour
11.30am Author Guest Speaker
11.30am History Tour
12.00pm History Tour
1.00pm History Tour
8.30pm Ghost Tour

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"Star Gate"

Sunday 30 July 2017

10.00am History Tour
10.30am Author Guest Speaker
11.00am History Tour
11.30am History Tour
12.00pm History Tour
1.00pm History Tour by local historian and author, Jack Sim
7.30pm Ghost Tour

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Chubb Safe Plaque

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Details of transport (parking, trains and buses) can be found on the website.

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Guard Tower

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Boggo's bogs

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Why? Participate in extraordinary 25th anniversary history tours and events
When: Thursday 27 July to 30 July 10am to 8.30pm
Phone: 07 3844 0059
Where: Boggo Road Gaol, Annerley Road, Dutton Park
Cost: Various tour prices. Refer to website for list of all costs.
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