Areas of Interest Guide: Patrick Kenniff
This is grave number 6B-36A. These ‘areas of interest’ are marked on the entry signs in the cemetery.
Patrick Kenniff was hanged at H.M Brisbane Prison, Boggo Road, in 1903 for the murder of a station manager and a policeman. Kenniff had been charged with the crime alongside his brother James, who was also found guilty but had his death sentence commuted. The brutal murders (in the Mitchell district), the long hunt for the suspects, the trial, the appeal and the execution were all front-page news. The case became politically charged, with the Kenniffs having the sympathy of many working-class people. Huge pro-Kenniff rallies and benefit concerts were held in Brisbane, but the cause was lost.
Nearby ‘Areas of Interest’
Eleanor Bourne (first female medical student in Queensland) – Portion 8B
Shiskoffs (Russian graves) – Portion 5C
Executed Prisoners – Portion 6B
Gregory Brown (train disaster victim) – Portion T
Arthur Cripps (boxing champion) – Portion M
Carl Oscar Fristrom (artist) – Portion 6