History Vault

The Boggo Road History Vault is the #1 online gateway for exploring the nooks and crannies of some very fascinating Australian prison history. Scroll through the various categories below to unlock access to over 160 pages of history, featuring hundreds of images and thousands of links to further information, including newspaper articles, original records and reports, and other relevant websites.

PRISON LIFE
Explore the ins and outs of everyday life for staff and inmates inside Boggo Road.

RESEARCH CENTRE
Tips and useful links for people researching Boggo Road and Queensland prison history.

BOGGO THROUGH THE DECADES
Explains the 116-year evolution and constantly-changing face of the Boggo Road prison reserve.

THE QUEENSLAND HANGINGS
Learn about capital punishment in Queensland and the 94 people who were hanged here via the 'A Scaffold High' website

ESCAPES FROM BOGGO ROAD
A look at the many attempts made to escape from Boggo Road since its earliest days.

PRISONS FOR WOMEN
Learn about the different women's prisons that have stood at Boggo Road over the years.

THE PEOPLE OF BOGGO
Meet some of the thousands of people who experienced life in Boggo Road.

THE BUILDINGS OF BOGGO ROAD
A look at the various buildings that made up Boggo Road, from construction to archaeology.

MAPS & PLANS
Explore some of the fascinating maps and plans associated with Boggo Road since 1883.

TROUBLE & STRIFE
How Boggo Road earned its reputation as a 'notorious' prison through years of conflict, strikes and riots.

PENOLOGY & PRISON REPORTS
Learn about changing attitudes to running prisons, and some landmark inquiries that led to change.

PRISONS OF COLONIAL QUEENSLAND
Heritage prisons are a rare sight now, but a network of prisons once spanned the colony.

MYTHBUSTING
We take a look at some of those Boggo Road stories that, well, don't quite pass muster.

PRISON TIMELINES
Better understand prison history with these simple historical frameworks.

AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE GAOLS
Explore the many heritage gaols and lockups that can be found right around Australia.