Boggo Road Timeline

An officer stands at the gates of Boggo Road Gaol, 1936 ('Telegraph')1863: The land near the Boggo Road was surveyed. 

1880: Part of the surveyed land was set aside as a prison reserve. 

1883: A prison for men opened on the reserve. It only had one cellblock and originally held short-term prisoners or men awaiting transfer to St Helena Island. During the 1880s another two cellblocks were added. 

1890: A new Prisons Act was passed, and the cellblocks of the Boggo Road prison were extended with the addition of extra cells. 

1903: The new H.M. Prison for Women opened adjacent to the 1883 prison. 

1905: Boggo Road was renamed Annerley Road.   

1921: Female inmates were transferred to a timber dormitory building on the southern boundary of the prison reserve, with their former prison (now known as No.2 Division, with the other male prison becoming No.1 Division) now being used for the detention of long-sentence male prisoners from St Helena. 

1951: Women prisoners were transferred to the former Lock Hospital (VD hospital) near No.1 Division. 

1953-54: The dormitory building that had held female prisoners from 1921-1951 was converted into another male Division (No.3), housing men sentenced to very short terms for drunkenness and vagrancy. 

1968-78: The original No.1 Division was gradually demolished and replaced with a modern prison, also called No.1 Division. 

1973-74: Brisbane Prison was renamed Brisbane Prison Complex. It now housed the Reception Prison, Maximum Security Prison, Remand Prison, and the Women’s Prison. 

1976-77: Administration office opened near entrance to prison complex. This building is currently used as the Dutton Park Police Station. 

1982: A new Women’s Prison opened on the Boggo Road reserve, on the site of the former Lock Hospital which was demolished. 

1988: The Brisbane Prison Complex renamed Brisbane Correctional Centre. 

1989: Closure of No.2 Division following the release of the ‘Kennedy Report’. 

1992: Closure of No.1 Division, which was demolished in mid-1990s. 

1993: No.2 Division was permanently placed on the Queensland Heritage Register. 

1990s: No.2 Division operated as a historical site and museum 

1999: Closure of the female prison

2005: Demolition of female prison.

2006: Construction of 'Ecoscience Precinct'.

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