Sunday, June 15, 2014

Boggo Road Gaol Tour

Um, I love old buildings and historical places. I'm not ashamed to admit it. Did a tour of the Boggo Road Gaol here in Brissie with some friends one weekend. It was pretty cool.

The front gates

So here's a bit of a history lesson folks. Boggo Road Gaol is practically in the city, only about two kilometres away from the CBD. It was built in 1883 and it honestly looked like nothing much had changed since then. The cells were cold concrete with just a mattress and none of this mechanical bars no siree, these were the old-style, padlocked type.

I've lived in Brisbane since 1994 with a five year stint away in Melbourne and Sydney and I was ASTOUNDED to learn that the gaol was still being used up until 2002. I look at the modern jails (that's how we spell it these days) and they have all the mod cons and at least heating, airconditioning and toilets. Ye-huh. No toilets for these cells, you had to wait until a certain time and up until (I think) the 1960s, the toilet block didn't even have doors. Crazy. It would have been hard times in there, especially in Winter.

Art inside the cells
They also held executions here. It's cold and spooky and I couldn't imagine how freaky it would be here at night. Although…they have night tours! I'd totally be into that.