26 January 2013

Queensland Heritage Sites & Museums: A Price Comparison

The Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society wants to see History at the old prison run along not-for-profit lines, as currently practiced at such world-class attractions such as Old Melbourne Gaol, Fremantle Prison and Port Arthur. When Boggo Road was reopened for an interim period in late 2012 under private management I did a comparison of how the current adult admission prices prices there stack up to other heritage sites in Queensland. Here are the results:  

Price comparison chart of Queensland heritage sites.

I don't think much more needs to be said other than this is one good argument for why Boggo Road should be run along not-for-profit lines. 

25 January 2013

Chin Up! The Thoroughly Decent Way to Break a Chap's Neck

Read about the scientific push to make judicial hangings more 'efficient' in the late 19th century.

This story can be read at 'A Scaffold High'.

The 'chin trough' was designed to ensure a quicker death by hanging (British Medical Journal, 6 October 1888)
The 'chin trough' (British Medical Journal, 6 October 1888)

09 January 2013

Origins of the 94 People Hanged in Queensland

Where did each of the 94 people who were hanged in Queensland come from?

This story can be read at 'A Scaffold High'.

06 January 2013

The Greatest Last Meal of All Time!

This story about the incredible 'last meal' request by a condemned prisoner at Boggo Road can be read at 'A Scaffold High'.

03 January 2013

Censorship on this Blog

A quick bit of housekeeping.

I had to reluctantly remove some comments posted to this blog this week. They were actually really good and some of the best I've ever seen here, but the problem was that in one sentence some serious accusations were made and the perpetrator was named.

Now, I've heard similar stories before. I know that a lot of nasty and horrific things happened at Boggo Road. I've spoken to enough people who were there to know that. However, this blog is in the public sphere and is not the place for making any specific accusations because I can be held legally responsible for material posted by others on this blog and be potentially liable for defamation.

If people want to share stories here that is fine, but as most commenters are either anonymous or unknown to me then I cannot allow open slather for people to accuse and NAME other people of committing crimes or heinous acts. To do so would be just asking for trouble.

I know that feelings can run very high as far as Boggo Road goes, but this is my blog and my rules. And the #1 rule is that I cannot publish any comment that a specific named person could take legal action on.

So if a commenter posts that they know that people were raped in the the prison, that's fine. But if they want to start naming names in the public sphere that's something else. I'm all for those stories being told - but not here.

I know I sometimes throw my own accusations around on this blog, but they are my responsibility and I make damned sure everything I say can be backed up with hard evidence. I am not prepared to take responsibility for accusations made by people I don't know about things I don't know of. If other people want to make serious accusations, please go ahead but do it in a way in which you take full personal responsibility for your words. Start your own blog even, or write a book.

This is not to protect one person or another, or to take sides. This is in the name of having a fair and consistent comments policy and making damned sure I don't get sued. I do have a wife and four kids here and we don't want to lose our house. I also have my own life to lead and my own work to do and have enough on my plate without any complications coming from a simple blog like this.

Yes, it is censorship, but there you go. It's my blog, my rules.