Hangings at Boggo Road

Execution of Sotulo, Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, 1903.
After the new prison and cellblock gallows were constructed at Boggo Road, Brisbane, in 1883, it hosted almost every hanging in Queensland from that time on. The reason was simple economics and logistics - it was easier and cheaper to transfer a prisoner from regional Queensland to Brisbane than it was to send the sheriff and executioner to the regional towns.

Brisbane also had the best gallows in the colony, a permanent apparatus built into a cellblock that was less trouble to prepare than erecting and then dismantling timber gallows in the prison yards of Toowoomba and Rockhampton.   

The prisoners sent to die in Brisbane reflected the colony's multiracial make-up. They came from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia, and were of varied religious backgrounds, including Catholic, Islam, Lutheran, Buddhist, Anglican, Salvation Army and 'Pagan' (mostly Aboriginal and Chinese prisoners).

Name: Jango
Hanged; 15 OCT 1883
Crime: Murder, near Dingo
Known biographical details: Aboriginal, Pagan, age 17

George
15 OCT 1883
Rape, Gracemere
Aboriginal, Pagan, age 25

James Gardiner aka McMahon
15 OCT 1883
Murder, Rockhampton
Scottish, Roman Catholic, age 19
(Account of execution of Jango, George and Gardiner)

Walter E Gordon
25 OCT 1885
Murder, near Rockhampton
English, Church of England, age 28
(Account of execution of Gordon)

Tim Tee
5 APR 1886
Murder, Dulvadilla
Chinese, Pagan, age 30
(Account of execution of Tee)

Wong Tong 
21 JUN 1886
Murder, near Bundaberg
Chinese, Pagan, age 35
(Account of execution of Tong)

Christopher Pickford
30 MAY 1887
Murder, RaveNew South Walesood
England/USA, Church of England, age 31
(Account of execution of Pickford) 

GALLERY
Executed prisoners, Boggo Road (click to enlarge images)

Twadiga aka Charlie, hanged at Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, 1906.Luk Kow, hanged at Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, 1906.
George Silva, hanged at Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, in 1912.Ellen Thomson, hanged at Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, in 1887.


John Harrison
13 JUN 1887
Murder, Port Douglas
English, Church of England, age 27

Ellen Thomson
13 JUN 1887
Murder, Port Douglas

Sedin
12 NOV 1888
Murder, Normanton
Malay, Muslim, age 24

Edmond Duhamel
12 NOV 1888
Murder, Croydon
French, Roman Catholic, age 37
(Account of execution of Sedin and Duhamel)

Donald 
25 APR 1892
Rape, Taroom district
Aboriginal, Pagan, age 29
(Account of execution of Donald)

Francis Charles Horrocks
26 SEP 1892
Murder, Hemmant
Queensland, Church of England, age 17
(Account of execution of Horrocks)

George Gleeson
24 OCT 1892
Murder, Prince Wales Island
India/USA, Church of England, age 27

Leonardo William Moncado
24 OCT 1892
Murder, off north coast Australia
Chilean, Roman Catholic, age 42
(Account of execution of Gleeson and Moncado)

George Thomas Blantern
23 OCT 1893
Murder, near Rockhampton
English, Church of England, age 35
(Account of execution of Blantern)

Hatsuro Abe
28 MAY 1894
Murder, Thursday Island
Japanese, Church of England, age 31
(Account of execution of Abe)

Mi Orie
20 MAY 1895
Murder, Avondale
Malaita, Pagan, age 29

Narasemai
20 MAY 1895
Murder, Avondale

Sayer or Safhour
22 JUL 1895
Murder, Etowri
Malaita, Pagan, age 25
(Account of execution of Safhour)

Jackey
4 NOV 1895
Murder, Mount Morgan
Aboriginal, Pagan, age 31

Frank Tiniala
4 NOV 1895
Murder, Thursday Island
Filipino, Roman Catholic, age 37
(Account of execution of Jackey and Tiniala)

Willie Broome
6 NOV. 1900
Murder, near Bundaberg
Aboriginal, Pagan, age 30
(Account of execution of Broome)

Charles Beckman
13 MAY 1901
Murder, near Bowen
German, Lutheran, age 42
(Account of execution of Beckman)

Wandee
27 MAY 1901
Murder, near Ayr
South Sea Islander, age 27
(Account of execution of Wandee)

John Rheuben
30 SEP 1901
Murder, Rockhampton
Portugese, Roman Catholic, age 55
(Account of execution of Rheuben)

Arafau
3 DEC 1901
Murder, Farleigh

David Alexander Brown
9 DEC 1901
Murder, Charters Towers
USA, Church of England, age 55
(Account of execution of Brown)

Patrick Kenniff
12 JAN 1903
Murder, Roma district
New South Wales, Roman Catholic, age 37
(Account of execution of Kenniff)

Sotulo
22 JUN 1903
Murder, Mackay
Malaita, Pagan, age 28
(Account of execution of Sotulo)

Charlie aka Gosano
17 APR. 1905
Murder, Ingham

GALLERY
Executed prisoners, Boggo Road (click to enlarge images)

Ernest Austin, hanged at Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, in 1913.Arthur Ross, hanged at Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, in 1909.
Wandee, hanged at Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, in 1901.Reporters and James Warton, Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, 1906.

 

James Wharton
17 JUL 1905
Murder, Toowong
Eng/Ireland, Athiest, age 60
(Account of execution of Wharton)

Johannes
14 MAY 1906
Murder, Mackay
Ceylonese, Buddhist, age 39

Twadiga
14 MAY 1906
Murder, near Mackay
South Sea Islander, Church of England, age 30
(Account of execution of Johannes and Twadiga)

Luk Kow
31 DEC 1906
Murder, Townsville
Chinese, Confucian, age 62
(Account of execution of Luk Kow)

August Millewski
16 DEC 1907
Murder, Nanango district
German, Lutheran, age 52
(Account of execution of Millewski )

Bismark
19 APR 1909
Murder, Jundah

Arthur Ross
6 JUL 1909
Murder, Gayndah
English, Church of England, age 21
(Account of execution of Ross)

Alexander Bradshaw
13 JUN. 1910
Murder, near Croydon
Queensland, Church of England, age 28
(Account of execution of Bradshaw)

George David Silva
6 OCT 1912
Murder, Mackay
Queensland, Salvation Army, age 28
(Account of execution of Silva)

Charles Deen
5 MAY 1913
Murder, Innisfail
Ceylonese, Buddhist or Muslim, age 48
(Account of execution of Deen)

Ernest Austin
22 SEP 1913
Murder, Samford
Victoria, Presbyterian, age 23
(Account of execution of Austin)

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