23 February 2014

sixty-seven years ago - part 6 - Boggo Road Conditions

Sunday 23 February, 1947

Today, while our grandfather lanquished in Boggo Road Gaol, the Truth published an article titled Inside Light on Boggo-Road Conditions. A 'hush hush' departmental inquiry was apparently underway following the escape of three prisoners including Arthur 'Slim' Halliday. But another man, after a stay in Boggo Road, went public describing 'appalling filth' and hygiene; a privileged prisoner who slept regularly in the hospital, 'his favourite resort'; gaol food where fruit and vegetables were unheard of; stealing of prison rations; and smuggling of goods in and out of the prison.

This disturbing article hit the news stands on the day Ian Brown (Deb's father - Jan's uncle) should have been celebrating his 20th birthday. There were no celebrations in the Brown family. However today in 2014 there are celebrations - Ian turns eighty-seven.

Deb and Jan

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