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Life in Irons: Brisbane's Convict Stories

Museum of Brisbane

18th May - 28th October

Moreton Bay penal colony was established by the British Government to “...reinstate transportation as an object of real terror to all classes of society”. It succeeded.

Life in convict Brisbane was unrelentingly harsh for the 3,000 men and women imprisoned here from its founding in 1824 to the penal colony’s closure in 1839. It also irrevocably changed the life of the Aboriginal peoples, on whose Country the colony was built.

Life in Irons: Brisbane’s Convict Stories provides a vivid insight into daily life in the settlement using original documents, personal accounts and contemporary art, alongside immersive new technologies. The exhibition is a rare chance to view some of the few remaining official documents from the Brisbane penal colony.

Presented in partnership with Queensland State Archives, these priceless pieces comprise:

  • Hand-written registers
  • Original architectural plans and maps (many prepared by convict George Browne)
  • The Book of Trials which logs the crimes and punishments meted out within the settlement

These historically significant documents are listed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

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