The site on which Boggo Road Gaol stands was first surveyed in 1863. In May of 1880, the site was designated a prison reserve. By the late 1800’s, Queensland prisons had become dangerously overcrowded, and the need for more prisons became a priority for the state government.
Most of the existing buildings at Boggo Road Gaol are those originally constructed during the 1901-1903 period. Only the large observation tower, visits area, and detention unit, were added after 1903.
Protests at the gaol during the 1980s saw inmates undertake hunger strikes, roof top protests, and rioting over the poor conditions and treatment. The prison was constantly in the headlines and became notorious around Australia. Cells did not have any form of sanitation. Prisoners were required to use a bucket through the evening for toilet breaks and empty it, or 'slop out', in the morning. A Queensland Government inquiry into the living conditions of State prisons found Boggo Road to be outdated and inadequate for prisoners needs.
Visit the Boggo Road Gaol. It closed in 1989 and is supposed to have ghosts. The Boggo Road Ghost Walk is done at night and is a lot of fun. There are also haunted sleepovers, haunted heritage bus tours and a night-time bus tour of Toowong Cemetary - just for something different!