August Meeting with guest presenter, Lisa Jones

26th August 2023 (incorporating AGM)

Lisa Jones, Curator of the Qld Police Museum, will present Policing in New Farm and Fortitude Valley.

Policing in New Farm and Fortitude Valley since 1864 has been interesting to say the least. There has been a police presence in New Farm since 1889, firstly in Heal Street and then on the corner of Balfour and Brunswick Streets since 1912. The colonial police administration first established a police presence in Fortitude Valley in September 1863 when a former lockup in Church Street was proclaimed a prison. According to the 1878 Blue Book its status was listed as a gaol but was referred to as a police gaol in the 1890 Prison Act. Police gaols were used for prisoners serving sentences of less than a month, and for those awaiting trial or transfer to another prison. As early as 1864, this facility also included barracks as part of the Fortitude Valley’s first police office.

There are a million stories to tell about police and crime in these two inner city suburbs, but Lisa will try to keep them to a manageable number.

2:30PM | Uniting Church Centre, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm.

Entry Fee (cash preferred) | $5.00 members | $10.00 non-members | includes afternoon tea.

All welcome!

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