Shivs, Bongs & Boob Guns: Made in a Queensland Prison Cell

(Inside History edition)

Prisoners had a lot of time on their hands in 1980s Queensland prison cells, and by scrounging everyday bits and pieces from kitchens and workshops, they were able to secretly make knives, escape ropes, fake guns, bedside lamps, drug pipes, tattoo machines and electric kettles. This book, written by a Boggo Road Gaol Museum curator, gives you the inside story on what prisoners made in their cells, how they made it, and what they did with it.

Christopher Dawson (2010)
60 pages, illustrated, endnotes
RRP $8.50

Book sample (PDF 83KB)

Prisoner-made tattoo gun. (BRGHS)

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