Thousands of men and women served time behind its red brick walls, the vast majority of them have faded into history. There were many infamous inmates including the "Houdini of Boggo Road" escapologist and jail-breaker "Slim" Halliday and the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub fire-bombers James Richard Finch and John Andrew Stuart. Forty-two prisoners were executed by hanging - the last in 1913. His ghost and many more were said to haunt the prison.In the 1980s Boggo Road was the scene of dramatic escapes, riots, hunger-strikes and roof-top protests which led to the prisons official closure 25 years ago in July 1992.
To commemorate this anniversary, well-known local crime writer, co-author of Boggo Road Gaol Escapes Volume 1 and director of Boggo Road Jail - Jack Sim has written and researched this narrative of the fascinating history of Boggo Road Jail Australia's most notorious prison. He has worked tirelessly to collate the 119 year history into 120 pages, with rare photos and newspaper articles of the time.The 12 chapter book begins with Queensland's penal origins and ends with the official closure of the prison. Each chapter looks at the jail through the decades - focusing on infamous characters, the daily lives of prisoners, the duties of officers and the changes over the life of the jail.
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