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Published June 26th 2014
Where to go for your next corporate function
Due to these economic times many companies are unable to provide team events or get-togethers away from the workplace for their staff. However, there are still some that do and these events can be very beneficial to the employees as they share time and memories together as a team, which ultimately creates a bonding between workmates.
There are quite a few interesting places around Brisbane to visit and we always include lunch as part of the event. Lunch can be anything from a sit down meal, to pizza, or café menu.
Last year we visited Fort Lytton National Park and were presented a very interesting tour of the Museums and grounds by an ex-Army Major. His passion of his interest in Fort Lytton provided not only excellent commentary but also an enthusiasm that was brushed off on all of us as we learnt the history of the Fort. The history extended for almost 70 years with the Museum's focus on Queensland's military history from 1879 to the 1950's.
After the cessation of hostilities in 1945, the old Fort was left to the perils of nature and was owned for a period of time by Ampol Oil before being handed back to the government as a historic tourist destination. If you are interested in a private tour you need to contact the Fort Lytton Historical Association, email email@example.com The cost is around $5.00 per person. We ordered pizza delivered to the Fort and ate in one of the old training rooms before undertaking the tour of the Fort.
One of our Christmas events was held at the AMF Bowling Centre at Cannon Hill. All AMF Bowling Centres provide facilities for birthday parties (any sort of party), corporate and groups and have function packages to suit every taste. Being close to Christmas we chose the Christmas package which provided a great lunch of roast beef, smoked ham, turkey breast with cranberry sauce, salads, bread roll, tea/coffee, bon bons and one standard drink. On our arrival, white clothed tables were set up in readiness for lunch. With two games of bowling, shoe hire and much fun and laughter the cost per person was only $40. Complimentary certificates were given to the organisers so they could be handed to the winners.
You do not need to have played before as the game is easy to pick up and these days scores are entered automatically as each turn is taken. The Cannon Hill Centre also has a large number of snooker tables and that can be an event in itself.
Before taking a private afternoon tour of Boggo Road Gaol, we lunched at Café Eco which is within walking distance from the Gaol. What a treasure trove eatery the Café Eco is! Open for breakfast, morning and afternoon teas, lunch and meetings/conferences, Maria and her team cater for every need with an extensive range of meals from sandwiches to roast of the day with chips and salad, steak sandwiches, grilled fish and chips, lasagne, pasta dishes, stir fry, the list goes on and on and all around the $10 mark. The servings and fillings in the sandwiches are a good size as well. Gluten and Dairy Free diets are catered.
We were lucky to have Daniel from Boggo Road Gaol Tours provide a very informative and narrative tour of Boggo Road Gaol. I certainly didn't know that the Gaol got the name Boggo Road because vehicles would get bogged along the dirt road outside the goal. When the gaol was built in 1883 it was originally named The Brisbane Prison.
In 1903 a separate purpose-built woman's prison was built; however this only last 20 years before it was closed and the women transferred to another part of the prison area. The 1920s saw men from St Helena Island being transferred to the women's prison and the building was renamed Number Two Division. The section became the home of the most notorious long-serving prisoners. Patrick Kenniff, Australia's last bushranger, Whiskey Au Go Go bombers, Ernest Austin child killer and the last person to be executed in the State of Queensland are just a few on the most dangerous list. Division Two was finally closed in 1989. Many un-named prisoners were buried in lower area of the Dutton Park Cemetery during the early years of the prison.
Only Number Two Division stands today and is heritage listed so it can never be demolished. In December 2012 it was reopened as a tourist attraction for Queensland. We all came away with a very real picture of what it was like in those days with limited space in cell rooms and grounds. The area that stood out in my mind was where prisoners who were definitely in the bad books would have to clean out the bowel buckets of other prisoners. Certainly not an enticing chore I'm sure.
If only the walls could tell the stories at Boggo Road Gaol
So get your friends together and take a tour. It is certainly well worth it to learn about the history that makes Brisbane what it is today. If we didn't have the history we wouldn't have a future. Birthday parties can also be booked at Boggo Road Gaol and maybe hen's parties as well.
These are just a few of the events we have undertaken as a group with plenty more ideas in the pipeline for the coming 12 months.