'Hangman's Walk': South Brisbane Cemetery
Next tour available for bookings
Friday 14 May 2021
7.30 – 9.45 pm
A special experience. Explore a beautiful heritage-listed cemetery under the stars with the people who know it best, and discover some Real History. Your friendly guides value the integrity of historical accuracy, and are more than happy to chat with you and answer your questions.
You will visit the grave sites of various people associated with the history of hanging in Queensland, including the hangman and all the people he hanged, as well the judges, gaolers, under-sheriff and doctors who all had a hand in the process.
You will hear the fascinating backstory to hangings – how they were carried out, how they changed over time, and why Queensland became the first part of the British Empire to stop them.
‘Hangman’s Walk’ will be led by Chris Dawson, one of Queensland’s leading capital punishment historians. He is the author of several publications and journal articles about hanging, has presented public talks on the subject, and was the history consultant for the ‘executed prisoners’ plaque’ in the cemetery. He will be assisted by cemetery historian Tracey Olivieri on this tour.
Single bookings: $15/$10 conc. / Group bookings (four or more people): $10 per person. See below for bookings.
All our tours are not-for-profit and the money raised goes to our cemetery history and maintenance projects.
2 – 2½ hours (tour times can vary depending on levels of customer interaction during the tour).
Suitable for ages 12 years and up, contains adult themes and some graphic imagery.
Medium. Please be aware that this tour does involve walking (slowly) up the big hill in the cemetery. Please advise us of any relevant medical concerns prior to attending the tour.
Bookings can be made via bank transfer or PayPal.
Please mark your transaction ‘HW14MAY’ and indicate number of attendees. Important: Provide an email address or send us an email so we can forward you full tour attendance information.
Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery Inc.
Commonwealth Bank BSB: 064493
Account no. 10158225
We can organise a Private Tour just for your own group of friends. We also run Easy Access tours for groups with mobility issues. You can select any available tour type you want. Minimum cost is $150 for up to 15 people (extra people $10 per person).
All our tours are not-for-profit and run by the Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery (Inc.) in a community partnership with the Boggo Road Gaol Historical Society (Inc.). Tours are conducted under license from the Brisbane City Council. All profits go towards our cemetery heritage projects and FOSBC community activities.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your queries.
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this tour may contain names and images of people who have passed away.
Part of our ‘Queensland Cemetery History Tours’ range. This is a not-for-profit Real History tour that respects historical accuracy and cemetery values and is in NO WAY associated with the ‘Ghost Tours’ small business.