20 May 2013

The Last Hanging: Remembering 1913

Learn about the centenary of the abolition of capital punishment in Queensland, and why we celebrate these anniversaries.

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

Gallows beam at the Boggo Road Gaol Museum.
(Courier-Mail, July 2005)


  1. Hi Chris,

    This is a great site. I am loving learning about the history of Brisbane.
    I am wondering where I could find a map of the Samford, QLD region in about 1913? I have scoured the internet for the past 2 or 3 days no no avail. And also where I can find information of the Parker State School?
    I grew up down the end of Cedar Creek Rd in the late 1980s-early 1990s and my paternal grandparents still live out there. So, when I read this story and found it occurred so close to "home", naturally it peaked my curiosity.

    Thanks in advance,

    Kylie Whisson

    1. Thanks Kylie, I'm glad you like it.

      I'm not sure where you have checked so far, but the Queensland State Archives would have info on schools and maps, the Trove newspaper site might have articles on the subject, and I would contact Moreton Shire Council too. Good luck.

    2. Thanks for your response, Chris.
      Alas, I have searched Trove. I found a lot of articles on said murder but no map.
      I have since been informed that the Parker State School was near to where the Closeburn Nursery now stands, which was my suspicion due to there being a Parker Road a few hundred meters back from it.
      Short of going to the Archives in person and trying to dig something up there I think I will have to settle for that.

      Thanks again,