Donate to our Collection

Oct 14, 2015 0 comments
We are actively collecting any items relating to Boggo Road or any other Queensland prison. These include:
  • photographs 
  • historical records and documents 
  • furniture and fittings 
  • staff and prisoner clothing 
  • prisoner art and craft work 
Gallery: Some of the artefacts in the Queensland Prisons Collection

Metal hook swallowed by protesting prisoner, 1970s.
Metal hook swallowed by a protesting prisoner, Boggo Road, 1970s. (BRGHS)
Trade instructor's hat as used at Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane.
Trade instructor hat, Queensland prisons, circa 1960s. (BRGHS)
Contraband weapons display, Queensland Prisons Museum.
Display of prisoner-made contraband weapons, 1980s. (BRGHS)
Artwork by Aboriginal prisoner, Boggo Road Gaol.
Prisoner artwork, Boggo Road, 1970s. (BRGHS)
Want to donate to the Queensland Prisons Collection?
Don't let your important memorabilia end up in a second-hand shop or rubbish bin. We will look after it for you.

If you have any items that you would like to see preserved for future generations, please let us know by writing to us, or calling or emailing us. All donors will be acknowledged. We have volunteers who have successfully studied cultural heritage and museology at university level. The BRGHS will document your donation, and our historians will create a complete record of the item before storing it safely in a secure location.

We will display some items in museum exhibitions and make the collection available for approved exhibitions at the museum in the future.

Be careful - there is a small business out there requesting prison artefacts. These will be used for personal profit while restricting free access to the material and prohibiting other researchers from studying or displaying them. It is also possible that items you donate could later be sold. The BRGHS is a not-for-profit incorporated association and cannot use your donations for personal profit. Read here for more information!

Our Collection
The Queensland Prisons Collection has evolved over a number of years from the original ‘Boggo Road Gaol Museum Collection’. Part of that first collection is currently managed by the Qld Dept of Housing and Public Works, which is no longer adding new items to it.

Another part of the first collection is now owned by the Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society. We have renamed that collection the 'Queensland Prisons Collection' and are actively adding to it all the time.

Contact us at:
0432 554470
PO Box 6462, Fairfield Gardens, Qld 4103

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