According to the Courier Mail (29/12/87), prisoners at Boggo Road Gaol made 70 litres of ‘homebrew’ for Christmas celebrations. Some prisoners had sampled the homebrew before it was found by prison officials. The week before 115 litres of homebrew had been found at Woodford Prison. They used butternut pumpkins to brew in. And sometimes the prison wardens would find footballs full of alcohol that had been kick over the fence.

According to the Courier Mail (29/12/87), prisoners at Boggo Road Gaol made 70 litres of ‘homebrew’ for Christmas celebrations. Some prisoners had sampled the homebrew before it was found by prison officials. The week before 115 litres of homebrew had been found at Woodford Prison. They used butternut pumpkins to brew in. And sometimes the prison wardens would find footballs full of alcohol that had been kick over the fence.

According to the Courier Mail (29/12/87), prisoners at Boggo Road Gaol made 70 litres of ‘homebrew’ for Christmas celebrations. Some prisoners had sampled the homebrew before it was found by prison officials. The week before 115 litres of homebrew had been found at Woodford Prison. They used butternut pumpkins to brew in. And sometimes the prison wardens would find footballs full of alcohol that had been kick over the fence.

According to the Courier Mail (29/12/87), prisoners at Boggo Road Gaol made 70 litres of ‘homebrew’ for Christmas celebrations. Some prisoners had sampled the homebrew before it was found by prison officials. The week before 115 litres of homebrew had been found at Woodford Prison. They used butternut pumpkins to brew in. And sometimes the prison wardens would find footballs full of alcohol that had been kick over the fence.

A Pit of Shame

A Pit of Shame: The Executed Prisoners of Boggo Road

Some of the graffiti at Boggo Road Gaol makes reference to Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie/Spikey John/John Simon Beverley). Vicious was a member of the Sex Pistols in 1977 and 1978. Vicious died as a result of a heroin overdose after being released on bail in 1979.

Some of the graffiti at Boggo Road Gaol makes reference to Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie/Spikey John/John Simon Beverley). Vicious was a member of the Sex Pistols in 1977 and Vicious died as a result of a heroin overdose after being released on bail in

The Boggo Road Dictionary of Prison Language

The Boggo Road Dictionary of Prison Language

Escaping Boggo Road

Escaping Boggo Road

Last Prison Standing

Last Prison Standing: A brief history of Boggo Road's Division,

Boggo Road exercise yard

Discover the unnoticed graffiti etched into the metalwork of the Boggo Road prison exercise yards.

Since the 1970s the focus on addressing illicit drug use has shifted to and from ‘tough on drugs’ initiatives and ‘harm reduction’ initiatives. Despite processes being in place to restrict drugs entering the prison, on occasions drugs were smuggled in.

Since the the focus on addressing illicit drug use has shifted to and from ‘tough on drugs’ initiatives and ‘harm reduction’ initiatives. Despite processes being in place to restrict drugs entering the prison, on occasions drugs were smuggled in.

Although many of the items of graffiti are written pieces containing names, phrases, poems etc, a number of items are images. Some are very large images that fill the cell wall, while others are very small images containing intricate detail.

Although many of the items of graffiti are written pieces containing names, phrases, poems etc, a number of items are images. Some are very large images that fill the cell wall, while others are very small images containing intricate detail.

Often the swastikas on the walls of Boggo Road are accompanied by written sentiments of anti-authority, or symbols such as the anarchy symbol.

Often the swastikas on the walls of Boggo Road are accompanied by written sentiments of anti-authority, or symbols such as the anarchy symbol.

The actions of prisoners (when they eat, sleep, move within the prison, etc) are highly structured around time. For incarcerated individuals the amount of time until release may be of most significance. A number of items of graffiti at Boggo Road Gaol refer to time served in prison, and/or the amount of time until release.

The actions of prisoners (when they eat, sleep, move within the prison, etc) are highly structured around time. For incarcerated individuals the amount of time until release may be of most significance. A number of items of graffiti at Boggo Road Gaol refer to time served in prison, and/or the amount of time until release.

Those of you that have experienced the Boggo Road Gaol Tour would have seen ‘GENTLEMAN JOE 88’ painted in large letters in 3 yard. One of the cells in D wing (currently not accessible for tours) contains graffiti referring to Gentleman Joe. Some of the graffiti, like the image below, is in the form of diary entries.

Those of you that have experienced the Boggo Road Gaol Tour would have seen ‘GENTLEMAN JOE 88’ painted in large letters in 3 yard. One of the cells in D wing (currently not accessible for tours) contains graffiti referring to Gentleman Joe. Some of the graffiti, like the image below, is in the form of diary entries.

Although prisons create physical barriers between prisoners and the outside world, references to popular culture are frequently observed in the graffiti. A number of the images refer to television shows, movies, or music. Musical artists frequently observed in the graffiti include AC/DC, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix.

Although prisons create physical barriers between prisoners and the outside world, references to popular culture are frequently observed in the graffiti. A number of the images refer to television shows, movies, or music. Musical artists frequently observed in the graffiti include AC/DC, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, and Jimi Hendrix.

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