23 February, 1947
While our grandfather, Reg Brown, was on remand in Boggo Road Gaol, the Truth newspaper published an article titled Inside Light on Boggo-Road Conditions.
A 'hush hush' departmental inquiry was apparently underway following
the escape of three prisoners including Arthur 'Slim' Halliday. But
another man, after a stay in Boggo Road Gaol, went public describing
'appalling filth' and hygiene; he told of a privileged prisoner who slept regularly
in the hospital, 'his favourite resort'; fruit and
vegetables were unheard of; stealing of prison rations; and smuggling of
goods in and out of the prison.
article hit the news stands on the day Ian (Deb's father) should have been celebrating his 20th birthday. There were no
celebrations for the Brown family.
Today Ian Brown turns eighty-nine.
Deb and Jan