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This April, Boggo Road Gaol is hosting an exciting range of events for all to enjoy; from informative and engaging tours with Ex-inmates and Ex-officers, to unique tours exploring prisoner cells and authentic 1980s prisoner graffiti and a special season of prison movie screenings!
Get the "inside story" from Ex-inmates and Ex-officers who formerly lived and worked within one of Queensland's most notorious prisons Boggo Road Gaol.

In this extraordinary 60-minute tour, you are invited to go behind the walls of the historic Number 2 Division, which was once home to some of the nation‟s most infamous inmates.

Hosted by former female prison officer, Diana and Mark, a former 1980s prisoner, this tour will give the public a unique insight of what day to day life was like inside the gaol.

The tour will commence at the gatehouse, and then weaves its way around The Circle, F Wing Cellblock and exercise yards.

As the tour group makes its way through the gaol, your friendly hosts will share firsthand accounts of what they did on a daily basis, what it was like to spend your days with Queensland's worst criminals and what they did in times of riots, fires and rooftop protests.

Tour participants are encouraged to asked questions throughout the tour, and you may be surprised by your guide's honesty and wit!

This tour is not for the faint hearted, there is strong content and it is not recommended for children under 15 years of age.

The Ex-inmate / Ex-officer Tours are held on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:15 am & 11:30 am.

The Boggo Road Gaol Markets are also held every Sunday with food stalls, arts, crafts and entertainment, so you can attend a tour and enjoy the markets afterwards.

This all-inclusive experience consists of:

  • A 60 minutes with an Ex-Inmate / Ex-Officer Tour Guide

  • Entry into historic Number 2 Division, Boggo Road Gaol

  • Visits to the gatehouse, yards, the Circle and ends with time to explore an original cellblock

  • Time to ask Tour Guide about their experiences and time behind bars

    The Ex-inmate / Ex-officer Tour his priced $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for Concessions holders, including Pensioners, Seniors & Students and $17.50 for teens aged 15 to 17 years.

    Families, individuals & visitors can simply make their booking via TicketLeap here.

    Complementing the Ex-Inmate/Ex-Officer Tours is the Graffiti Tours. Running for 60-minutes, this tour explores the images scrawled across the walls of No.2 Division.

    The tour group will receive an authentic insight into what was going on in the minds of prisoners in the 1980s; from their frustrations and anger, to their pain and humour. The various artwork, words, prose and poetry, which ranges from the crude and rude, to the moving and powerful, includes references to Expo '88, roof-top protests, music, passions and politics.

    Griffith University PHD student Belinda Costanzo has been recording this invaluable history, and developed this guided tour.

    "As part of my PhD in Criminology I am analysing the graffiti in No.2 Division of Boggo Road Gaol to gain insight into the lived experiences of prisoners formally incarcerated at the prison. In order to give the graffiti a 'voice', it is important to take into consideration the historical, political and social context in which the graffiti was created. During the graffiti tour you will get the opportunity to view a number of items of graffiti that remain on the walls of No. 2 Division, and discuss these in relation to broader social and political contexts of the 1980s. The content of the graffiti is diverse some is humorous in nature, some refers to relationships (both inside and outside of the prison), and some reflect resistance to the criminal justice system, while others reflect resistance to broader social and political issues (such as Indigenous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Rights). On the tour you will view graffiti that is reflective of these themes and others."

    This tour contains strong content and it is not recommended for children under 15 years of age. The displayed graffiti includes swearing, racism, violent and obscene language and imagery. Some of it is extremely confronting and it is advisable to gauge the content of the cells prior to allowing children to enter.

    The Graffiti Tours are held on the fourth Sunday of every month at 10:15 am & 11:30 am.

    The Boggo Road Gaol Markets are also held every Sunday with food stalls, arts, crafts and entertainment, so you can attend a tour and enjoy the markets afterwards.

    This all-inclusive experience consists of:

  • A 60 minutes Graffiti Tour with Tour Guide

  • Entry into historic Number 2 Division, Boggo Road Gaol

  • Visit the gatehouse, yards, the circle and original cell blocks

  • Time to ask Tour Guide about the different graffiti in the prison

    The Graffiti Tour his priced $25.00 for adults, $20.00 for Concessions holders, including Pensioners, Seniors & Students and $17.50 for teens aged 15 to 17 years.

    Families, individuals & visitors can simply make their booking via TicketLeap here.

    This month also sees the return of "Classic Prison Movies at Boggo Road Gaol".

    Enjoy a special season of celebrated prison films in the real-life prison atmosphere of Brisbane's own historic Boggo Road Gaol. If you want, you can also enjoy a historical tour of the prison before the film screening also (incurs an additional fee).

    The season will commence on Friday 29th April, 2016 with The Great Escape, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough. Other titles screening in the coming months include Brubaker starring Robert Redford on Friday 27th May, 2016; Miller's Crossing starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, and Albert Finney on Thursday 2nd June, 2016 and The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman on Friday 10th June, 2016.

    The screenings commence at 7:30pm sharp (gates open at 7:15pm). If you wish to participate in a tour, please arrive at 6:15pm for a 6:30pm start for the tour.

    Tickets are priced $15.00 for the movie only and $35.00 for the movie plus 45 minute historical tour.

    Bookings are essential; please click here to make a booking for any of the upcoming screenings.

    For more information on the history of Boggo Road Gaol and tours and special events, please visit the official website.

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