‘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’.