GROVELY DETENTION BARRACKS
GROVELY, BRISBANE, QLD
USED BY THE MILITARY DURING WW2
The Australian Army established a Detention Barracks at Grovely, a suburb in Brisbane in south east Queensland during WW2 for military prisoners.
In about 1944, a number of violent uprisings took place at the Army Detention Barracks at Grovely and at Warwick. The prisoners and the guards were involved in many a battle at these two locations. The ringleaders of these two uprisings were transferred to Boggo Road Gaol to await their subsequent Court Marshall. Two of these ringleaders had a particularly extensive record of military offences over their long service in the AIF. While they were at Boggo Road they requested permission to work in the prison. This was granted. They worked in the kitchen as cooks for the rest of their stay at Boggo Road. They worked hard with no complaints. The two men became well liked by the prison warders and their fellow prisoners. This was in stark contrast to the reputation that they had earned prior to this.
Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane
Stuart Prison, Stuart Townsville
Warwick Detention Barracks
"Nor Iron Bars a Cage"
by J. R. Stephenson
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