27 January 2014

sixty-seven years ago - part 2

Monday 13 January 1947
The biggest crowd seen at a court case within the last few years congregated around the Police Court and filled the public gallery’, when evidence of Reg Brown’s arrest was given before the Stipendiary Magistrate. Our grandfather rose in the dock and protested when a detective gave evidence. Reg spent his first night behind bars in Boggo Road Gaol.  

Tuesday 14 January
Bronia Armstrong’s funeral took place. It was reported that two thousand people gathered outside KM Smith funeral parlour in Fortitude Valley. Emotions ran high. 

Monday 20 January
An estimated three hundred people, including mothers with children, waited under the hot sun for hours hoping to catch a glimpse of Reg Brown. When the magistrate read the charge, Reg Brown answered in a firm voice, ‘not guilty’. 

25 January 2014

Brisbane Square Library talk

We're excited about our upcoming event at the Brisbane Square Library on Feb 14th!
Reading Brisbane's Dark Past will be a panel discussion and we will be joined by the following amazing authors:

We're looking forward to being seated alongside these esteemed authors and we hope you can join us for
'a literary night of true crime' and what will be a fascinating conversation!

Booking details for this free event:

DATE: Friday Feb 14th
TIME: 6 - 7.30pm 
PLACE: Brisbane Square Library
ADDRESS: 266 George St, Brisbane
BOOKINGS: required / ph: 07 3403 8888

meet the authors

During Feb and March, Deb and Jan will be speaking at several venues throughout Queensland.
They will be sharing their grandfather's story at the following libraries...

  • Friday 14th - Brisbane Square Library... details to follow 

MARCH 2014
  • Monday 10th / 10am - Burpengary Library
  • Tuesday 11th / 10am - Bribie Island Library 
  • Tuesday 11th / 6pm - Albany Creek Library 
  • Wednesday 12th / 10.30am - Redcliffe Library
  • Thursday 13th / 10.30am - Deception Bay Library
  • Saturday 15th / 10am - Caboolture Library

All events are free but bookings are required.
Please call the library directly to book your seats...
  • Burpengary Library - 121 Station Rd / ph: 07 3888 5366
  • Bribie Island Library - 1 Welsby Pde, Bongaree / ph: 07 3408 1388  
  • Albany Creek Library - 16 Ferguson St / ph: 07 3264 5267 
  • Redcliffe Library - 476 Oxley Ave / ph: 07 3283 0311
  • Deception Bay Library - 9 Bayview Tce / ph: 07 3203 1094
  • Caboolture Library - 4 Hasking St / ph: 07 5433 2000

More details for the March talks can be found at the Moreton Bay Regional website.

Signed copies of Lingering Doubts will be available for sale at all talks and you'll also have the opportunity to meet Deb and Jan personally!

Look forward to seeing you there...

12 January 2014

sixty-seven years ago

Sixty-seven years ago, yesterday, two Brisbane families suffered unimaginable grief. For a whole day, Queensland detectives interrogated Reg Brown after Bronia Armstrong's body was discovered at the BAFS Medical Institute in Albert Street, Brisbane. Reg was denied legal representation. That evening he was arrested, charged with wilful murder and locked up in the city watch house. For some this was just the beginning of 67 years of torment.

Identical to 1947, the 11th January this year also fell on a Saturday. To coincide with the release of Lingering Doubts, we shall follow the subsequent chain of events as they occurred in 1947.

Deb and Jan

8 January 2014

our books have arrived!

The first run of Lingering Doubts has finally arrived. 
Copies are now available for sale - you may purchase via the link on the top right...

One of us, or both if possible, will be signing the first 100 copies sold, so if you would like a short, personalised message along with the author’s signature, please read the FAQ page (at our online bookstore) for instructions.

A sincere thank you to each person who takes the time to read our grandfather’s story.
We look forward to your feedback.

Deb and Jan