Boggo Road Gaol, one of the most notorious prisons in Australian history, is synonymous with rooftop riots, hunger strikes, protests and escapes. “Boggo” held many infamous inmates, including the Whiskey Au Go Go firebombers – John Andrew Stuart and James Richard Finch as well as the “Houdini of Boggo Road” Slim Halliday – who escaped twice. The remaining section of Boggo Road Gaol, Number Two Division, is just as it was when it closed. To learn more about The Gaol’s history, click here. 2014 marked 25 years since the closure of infamous Number Two Division following prisoner protests and the recommendations of the Kennedy Report. Boggo Road officially closed in 1992 – though the Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre operated until 2002.

Boggo Road Gaol will be closing for tours & events sometime during 2016. The Gaol is proposed to be redeveloped in 2016. The heritage-listed Gaol will be adaptively reused and the modern sections of the prison will be demolished to make way for bars, restaurants and cafes. Visitors will be able to eat and dine where prisoners served life sentences. Current plans are that one of the three original cell blocks will be retained in its original form; a new museum will tell the Gaol’s story with artifacts and displays. Please support Brisbane’s history and take a tour of Boggo Road before it closes. This is the public’s last chance to see the Gaol as it is.


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