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Plaque, unveiled in 2005, identifies the graves of the 42 prisoners who were executed in Boggo Road during 1883-1913. One man who is listed also has an individual stone.

The project was undertaken by the Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society in conjunction with the Brisbane City Council. The broken sandstone block that stands by the plaque came from the Boggo Road prison site, and was part of the base of the original walls. The plaque itself lists the names of all those executed, where they came from, and when they died. Beneath the names is a quote from an 1899 parliamentary speech by Joseph Lesina MLA calling for the abolition of capital punishment.

"The criminal is not a wild beast ... he is an erring brother whose feet have wandered from the narrow path which we all weakly strive to follow. To take his life is not the way to cure him; you only brutalise him. It has been condemned by history as a failure. If I should fail I can only fail and somebody else as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, will take the matter up where I leave it. I feel perfectly satisfied that it will not be many years longer before the humanitarian feeling now spreading through the colony, and through all civilised communities, will demand once and for all the abolition of flogging and the death penalty."



Address:185 Annerley Road, South Brisbane Cemetery, Dutton Park, 4102
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.499158
Long: 153.027787
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:May-2005
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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