Blue Sky, noun phrase

Origin:
Unknown.
historical, prison slang
A nickname for the Cinderella Prison in Boksburg (Gauteng Province). Also attributive. Cf. Sun City.
Note:
The prison was closed down on 31 March 1983.
c1948 H. Tracey Lalela Zulu 54No one seems to know for certain why the Zulus gave the name ‘Blue Sky’ to the gaol at Boksburg, near Johannesburg...It may be American in origin.
1952 Drum Sept. 15I did a nine-month stretch at the Cinderella Prison (Blue Sky) in Boksburg.
1953 A. Mogale in Drum Oct. 33All you have to do is to let me loose..and you won’t have to serve a term at ‘Blue Sky’.
1990 O. Musi in Frontline Jan. 18A stone’s throw away from the famed Boksburg Lake and two stones’ throw away from Blue Sky prison, where many a friend has been a guest of the state.
A nickname for the Cinderella Prison in Boksburg (Gauteng Province). Also attributive.

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