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Life & Death

Life & Death in the Sunshine State is a growing collection of interesting stories about the history of Queensland, including - among other things - tales of hangings, cemeteries, sharks and other animals, prisons, and even a critical look at ghosts.


This website has been created by Christopher Dawson, a Brisbane-based professional historian.

Life and Death Quiz #4: Brisbane Cemeteries

A Bit of Housekeeping

The Life & Death Quiz #3: Brisbane Prison History

The Short Life of Marburg Prison Farm

The Life & Death Quiz #1: Hanging in Queensland

Did Johnny Cash Play a Concert at Boggo Road?

The Gallows of the Old Windmill Tower

Weddings, Parties, Anything… At Boggo Road, It’s All Been Done Before

The Lost Graveyard of Terranora Creek

Three Men (& a Humpback) in a Boat: The Yeppoon Whale Tragedy of 1928

A Whale Hunt Off Moreton Island

Whaling Days at Tangalooma