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’. 


  1. Just finished reading this book - an innocent man taken from his family by the most crooked of policemen!
    I feel for his wife and children, such a loss for them. I would like to think this would not happen in today but who knows!

  2. Thank you Trevor. Could there be anything worse than being publicly accused and locked up for an atrocity you didn't commit?

    Deb and Jan


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