Areas of Interest Guide: Executed Prisoners

This is portion 6B. These ‘areas of interest’ are marked on the entry signs in the cemetery.

Prisoners' plaque in section 6B.

This is section 6B, the only segregated area of the South Brisbane Cemetery. It was set aside for the burials of people hanged at H.M. Brisbane Prison, off Boggo Road, during 1883-1913. This area was selected because the public did not want executed prisoners to be interred next to the graves of their loved ones. A total of 42 people were buried here, with many receiving graveside burial services, meaning that much of the ground here is considered to be consecrated. The prisoners were usually hanged and interred on a Monday morning.

The plaque in front of the sandstone block gives further details about the people who were hanged.
Sketch of a hanging at Boggo Road in 1905. ('The Truth')

Read more: ‘Hanging in Queensland’ website

Nearby ‘Areas of Interest’

Eleanor Bourne (first female medical student in Queensland) – Portion 8B
Shiskoffs (Russian graves) – Portion 5C
James Chard (‘Pearl’ disaster captain) – Portion 5C
Grace Yorston (‘Pearl’ disaster victim) – Portion 5A
Patrick Kenniff (hanged for murder) – Portion 6B
Gregory Brown (train disaster victim) – Portion T
Arthur Cripps (boxing champion) – Portion M
Carl Oscar Fristrom (artist) – Portion 6