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Father's Day at Boggo Road Gaol

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by May Cross (subscribe)
I'm a writer, artist and keen photographer.
Forget socks, jocks and chocs for Father's Day this year
Fathers: you've got to love them.
Even when they drive you crazy with not-funny Dad Jokes, unfair rules, bad dress sense (I'm thinking daggy cardies, baggy pants and socks with sandals - you get the picture), the worst taste in music and not to mention the dancing! I'm sure that a father's only role is to embarrass his children (or maybe that's just my dad)! But we can get even this Father's Day - by sending them to gaol. To Boggo Road Gaol for a historical tour and gift.

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Boggo Road Gaol would like to invite you and your dad to the gaol for their special Father's Day History Tour. It's family friendly, entertaining and educational. Best of all, every dad on the tour will get something to take home as a memento of his time in gaol. See you on the other side.

Would you like the chance to WIN a Boggo Road Gaol gift pack worth over $80? To enter Join on Facebook here or Instagram /boggoroadgaol and tag a dad who you would like to send to Boggo Road Gaol! Comments, shares and additional tags will get your more chances to win.

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The History Tour
The History of Boggo Road Gaol Tour tells of the dramatic escapes of the 1980s, infamous inmates, lifers, riots, roof top protests, the daily lives of prisoners and the duties of officers. The 1-hour 15-minute tour through heritage-listed Number Two Division with Guide is child-friendly and includes time to explore one of the original cell blocks. You will also visit the gatehouse, yards, the Circle and the guided tour ends with time to explore F Wing cell block where prisoners staged a rooftop protest in 1988. You can also see original prisoner cells and authentic 1980s prisoner graffiti.

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Senior Wardress

ADULT $25.00
ADULT CONCESSION Pen/Seniors/Uni Students $20.00
TEENS (12- 17 years) $17.50
CHILD (5-11 years) $12.50
CHILD (Under 5) FREE
FAMILY (2 Adults 2 Children) $50.00
SINGLE FAMILY (1 Adult, up to 3 Children) $45.00

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Bars are a constant reminder of where you are

I was lucky enough to visit the Gaol on the occasion of its 25th Anniversary of the Brisbane Correctional Centre in July. I participated in the History Tour which was guided by Wayne, a former inmate (a "Lifer") and now an accomplished artist in the Brisbane art scene. Parts of the tour were confronting (such as the suicide watch cell and strangely the visitors' centre) as it was never glossed over that this was once Australia's most notorious prison and certainly no holiday camp. I got an insight into crime, justice and even injustice.

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Female Prisoners1900s

One of my favourite features of the tour was the re-enactment with The Prison Players. They brought the gaol to life with entertaining and dramatic reenactments of prison life. The actress who played the Senior Wardress was an actual prisoner officer in real life. This added an extra layer of authenticity to an already engrossing and historical depiction of what prison life was really like.

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Prison Players

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Cell of only female executed in Qld

I have also attended a special event at the Gaol: Author Guest Speaker. These events are held periodically and the authors are specially selected for their captivating subject matter and presentation. I went to see and hear Vashti Farrer who wrote Ellen Thompson: Beyond Reasonable Doubt. This is a non-fiction book about Ellen who was the only female prisoner executed in Queensland. Vashti spoke passionately about Ellen who was hanged for murder in 1887, but was she guilty? There was no presumption of innocent until proven guilty and there was contradictory evidence and collusion. Her research included newspaper reports, the Courier Mail, Queensland archives, and other historians. The book is available in the Gaol Gift Shop.

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Author Vashti Farrer

What's the worst Dad Joke ever?
My Dad is fond of this one. He thinks it's hilarious. No-one else does.
Q; What's blacker than a crow?
A: A crow's feathers!

Allegedly you can't be sent to gaol just for telling bad Dad Jokes.
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Why? It's Queensland's most notorious Prison.
When: Sunday 3 September from 11am to 12.15pm
Phone: (07) 3844 0059
Where: Boggo Road Gaol, Annerley Road, Dutton Park
Cost: Adult $25; Cons $20; Child $12.50 -$17.50
Your Comment
I've been on a tours and they were both excellent.
by lockb (score: 1|99) 1433 days ago
The lovely folk at the Gaol have informed me that for the Father's Day Giveaway for ease of entry they have changed it.
To go in the draw to win simply purchase a ticket for one of the father's day tours at the gaol. Winner will be drawn on the day.
Good luck. Let me know if you're the winner.
by May Cross (score: 3|7972) 1432 days ago
Sorry, but on Father's Day the prison players will not be doing re-enactments at the Gaol.
by May Cross (score: 3|7972) 1432 days ago
So much history in that place, just incredible!
by Kirsty (score: 2|226) 1431 days ago
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