Contact Person: Chris Dawson
Email Address: [email protected]
Contact Phone: 0432 554 470
Postal Address: PO Box 6462 Fairfield Gardens, Qld 4013
The Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society Inc. was formed in 2003 from the Boggo Road museum. Ex-officer and museum manager John Banks was the founding president. It is a very large volunteer organisation (300 in 2013), taking in not only serious history research in prison studies, but acting as a memory community for former prisoners and prison officers, and ‘prison buffs’. The Society collect artefacts, lobby government, and operate the Queensland Prisons Museum in Caboolture. Its noted historian is Chris Dawson, a graduate of the University of Queensland’s former Centre of Applied History. Dawson runs Boggo Books, a not-for-profit publishing project, which has not only been prolific in small booklets (large quality history essays) on the historic Brisbane prison, but prolific in informative essays on the surrounding area of the prison – Dutton Park, Fairfield, and South Brisbane. As the historian of Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society Inc., Dawson has also produced important local history essays and websites on the theme of capital punishment and cemeteries.
The following are published essays (booklets) authored by Chris Dawson:
The Houdini of Boggo Road: The Life and Escapades of ‘Slim’ Halliday. Boggo Books. 2005. 48 pages. illustrations, endnotes and bibliography.
With Frank Wood. Escaping Boggo Road. Boggo Books. 2005. 76 pages. illustrations, endnotes and bibliography.
Absolute Fairyland: Heady Days in Dutton Park. Boggo Books. 2006. 46 pages. illustrations and endnotes.
Illustrated Dictionary of Prison Language, Slang & Flash. . Boggo Books. 2007. 56 pages. illustrations and bibliography.
Intemperance & the Train of Evils: A Life on the Wrong Side of the Tracks in Colonial Brisbane. Boggo Books. 2008. 74 pages. illustrations and endnotes.
The One & Only Boggo Road: The unique history of a suburban street. Boggo Books. 2008. 76 pages. illustrations and endnotes.
Two Division: Boggo Road’s Last Prison. Boggo Books. 2008. 64 pages, illustrations and bibliography.
With Tracey Olivieri. Brisbane Beginnings #1: Dutton Park. Boggo Books. 2009. 40 pages. illustrations and full endnotes
Brisbane Beginnings #2: Fairfield. Boggo Books. 2009. 40 pages. illustrations and full endnotes
Shivs, Bongs & Boob Guns: Made in a Queensland prison cell. Boggo Books. 2010. 60 pages. illustrations and endnotes.
That Gingerbread Structure: The Queen Street gaol. Boggo Books. 2010. 68 pages. illustrations and endnotes
Shovelnose: Tales of the Brisbane River sharks. Boggo Books. 2013 (second edition). 58 pages. illustrations and endnotes.