Executed Prisoners, Brisbane 1883-1913

After the new prison and cellblock gallows were constructed at Boggo Road, Brisbane in 1883, that prison 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.

Boggo Road execution. (Truth, 1906)

The prisoners sent to die in Brisbane reflected the colony's multiracial make-up. They came from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia, the South Pacific Islands, 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)

Twadiga, hanged in 1906.

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)

Wandee, hanged 1906.


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

Ellen Thomson
13 JUN 1887; Murder, Port Douglas
Irish, Roman Catholic, age 41
(Account of execution of Harrison and Thomson)

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
Malaita, Pagan, age 23
(Account of execution of Mi Orie and Narasemai)

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
Malaita, age 22
(Account of execution of Arafau)

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
Malaita, age 30
(Account of execution of Gosano)

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)

Luk Kow, hanged 1906.

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

Bismark
19 APR 1909; Murder, Jundah
Aboriginal, age 23
(Account of execution of Bismark)

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

Arthur Ross, hanged 1909.

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)