Queensland Law Society

QLS unearths Brisbane’s dark side

Date 13 May 2013
Contact Natalie Graeff, Manager Corporate Communication
Phone (07) 3842 5868
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Email n.graeff@qls.com.au

Queensland Law Society will expose the sinister, sordid and surprising criminal history of Brisbane’s iconic landmarks at a free presentation at the Law Week Open Day 2013 on 18 May at the Brisbane Courts Precinct.

The darker side of our sunny city will be narrated by two long-standing members of QLS’ Criminal Law Committee Glen Cranny and Peter Shields who will cover significant legal events over the last 160 years.

The presentation will examine a range of stories, including violent colonial assaults, the infamous Boggo Road jail and recent appalling crimes.

Queensland Law Society president Annette Bradfield said people were often shocked to learn about how grisly Brisbane’s past had been.

“We hear people say after the presentation that they couldn’t believe that things like that happened here,” Ms Bradfield said.

“The city of Brisbane has a history as dark and murky as any crime thriller, with many of these lesser known crimes influencing criminal law today.  

“The Society’s aim is to educate the public on just how far we’ve come thanks to law and order.”

The hour-long presentation will be held twice at 11am and 12:30pm on Saturday 18 May at Brisbane Courts Precinct, 363-415 George Street, Brisbane.

The Open Day is organised by the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General and Queensland Courts, and features a mock trial, guided tours of the new Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law and Magistrates Court, face painting, a charity fundraising sausage sizzle and other activities.

Law Week is a major event in the national legal calendar which aims to educate the public on the many services provided by the legal community and build stronger connections between the legal profession and the public.