Brisbane Convicts and Crime Tour

Brisbane Convicts and Crime Tour

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2.5 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Discover Brisbane’s dark underbelly and hear real-life tales of murder and betrayal
  • Learn about the brutal convict roots of Brisbane and the crime that shaped the city
  • Hear about key figures, such as Captain Logan and the infamous Patrick Mayne
  • See convict-built landmarks, such as the heritage-listed Commissariat Store and Old Windmill
Explore the history of Brisbane through the lens of crime and vice, from Captain Logan's punishing treadmill to the corruption of the Fitzgerald Inquiry. Learn about the first contacts with the Aborigines and why it turned so brutal.
What to Expect
Before Melbourne existed, Brisbane was conceived for the key purpose of receiving the convict rejects of Sydney: the "worst of the worst." Walk through the penal roots of Brisbane and dive into the more sinister history of the "Sunshine State." Navigate laneways and squares and discover hidden sites from 2 centuries of the city's criminal history.

Find out who the notorious Captain Patrick Logan was. This young, brilliant and sadistic commandant of the Moreton Bay penal colony is said to have been killed by Aboriginal Australians who were angry with him after he entered their lands. Rumor has it that escaped convicts buried him alive, to face the gates of hell where they felt he belonged.

Explore the archaeological and architectural remains of the harshest penal outpost known in Australia. See relics that were left behind, from the Old Windmill and Commissariat Store to roadways and embankments. Take a trip back in time to the Brisbane of the earliest encampment and nascent city surrounding the commandant’s cottage, military barracks and Frog's Hollow, home to brothels and gambling dens for over a century.

Find out where the early city farm plots were and learn about the initial contacts with the Aboriginal people — which soon turned brutal as the foreign concepts of empire and colony led to natives being pushed from their lands, harsh punishments and murderous altercations.

See where the public gallows and women's prison stood. Hear the story of Dundalli, seen by many as an Aboriginal resistance figure and by the then-authorities as a cold killer. You will also be told the story of Brisbane's infamous Mayne family and see where the original butcher shop of Patrick Mayne is located as you learn the secrets of the Brisbane Arcade.

Get an insider's perspective of the Fitzgerald Inquiry and the illegal casinos, brothels and police corruption it sought to put an end to. You thought Brisbane was just surf and sunshine!
What's Included
  • Local, English-speaking guide
What's Not Included
  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Meeting Point

Meet under the TV screen next to Grove Train Cafe on King George Square, opposite Brisbane City Hall.

What to Remember
• Please wear smart casual clothes and comfortable footwear suitable for walking

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