History Vault

Boggo Road Gaol 'History Vault'
Welcome to the Boggo Road 'History Vault', 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.

The Boggo Road 'History Vault' is a goldmine of information for researchers, students, and anybody else with an interest in the history and future of this heritage prison. Happy Exploring!

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
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