That Gingerbread Structure: The Trials and Tribulations of the Queen Street Gaol

(Inside History edition)

Escapes, public executions, overcrowding, disease, insanity, suicide, crumbling walls… this was Brisbane’s first prison, standing on downtown Queen Street in the 1850s. The story of this prison is also the story of a small outpost on the northern frontier of New South Wales that became the capital of the new colony of Queensland.

Christopher Dawson (2010)
68 pages, with illustrations and full endnotes
RRP $8.50

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Female Convict Factory, Queen Street, ca. 1850 (John Oxley Library)