Boggo Road Gaol (Jail), Brisbane

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Named after the road which led to it, that became a boggy quagmire after rain, “Boggo Road Gaol” was officially known as the Brisbane Prison. For 109 years it dominated the skyline of the capital of Queensland. It’s stark red brick walls, and imposing guard tower on Annerley Road have become iconic for all the wrong reasons.

Boggo Road Gaol opened in 1883 as the Brisbane Gaol. Used mainly as a holding prison for those serving short sentences or on remand, its initial infamy came from it being a place of execution. In 1903, a new purpose-built separate women's gaol was created. After nearly 20 years of use, H M Gaol for Women was closed, its female occupants shifted to another part of the prison site.

In the 1920s, the men of the St Helena Island prison in Moreton Bay were moved into the former women’s gaol. Renamed Number Two Division, this section became home to those serving the longest sentences – killers, murderers, and violent offenders. Three cellblocks became the homes of “Lifers”. Soon Boggo Road became notorious.

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  • We had a great time , we walked from south bank and arrived about 10 to 15 minutes into the tour but the lady at the fro t said no worries I will take you thru the back way you haven’t missed much...  more »
  • Having lived close by for over 25 years it’s somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit. Finally got to tick it off the list this morning having done a very informative tour with Jack. We got taken...  more »
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  • We went to a birthday party that was hosted at Boggo road gaol and it was truly awesome! The tour was so much fun and we all got to dress up and take pictures in the cells. So much fun!!
  • Awesome History tour. Just us and the guide, so very personal. Great history of the gaol and surrounding areas. The Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
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