Lock Hospital

Lock Hospital

Stage Number: MBSH.02.01.02

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Dutton Park-South Woolloongabba-Buranda

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 30 Joe Baker Street, Dutton Park

Latitude & Longitude: -27.49519444,153.03080556

Time Link: 1903

Map Link: 1911

Image Time Point: 1911

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A brick Lock Hospital opened here in July 1903, just prior to the opening of new Prison for Women on the same reserve. This facility was used to confine women with venereal diseases, in an attempt to limit the spread of those diseases. The inmates usually worked as prostitutes, and men with similar diseases were not confined in this manner. Such women usually made up 50% of the neighbouring prison’s usual residents. The discovery of Penicillin in the late 1940s allowed these diseases to be cured and the hospital was no longer required. It was then used as a female prison during 1953-83, then demolished to make way for a new correctional centre for women. That new prison was itself demolished circa 2000.


John H. Tyrer, History of the Brisbane Hospital and its affiliates: a pilgrim’s progress, Brisbane, Boolarong Press, 1993, p. 143.

Image Citations

Aerial shot of Boggo Road Gaol, Brisbane, ca. 1956. The former Lock Hospital was housed in the walled building to the left here. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Record number. 72718.

Map References

QSA. QSA Series 1748 Moreton District, County of Stanley Maps – A1 Series. 2 chains to the inch. Plan of Dutton Park Land Sale, City of South Brisbane, Parish of South Brisbane, County of Stanley. With local sketch at 30 chains to the inch. 2 chains to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane.. 620305