Have you ever stopped to read the plaque on the drinking fountain in Roderick A. Cruice Park in Williams Street, Dayboro? It reads:
IN MEMORY OF
SNR. CONST. COLIN WESLEY BROWN
WHO LOST HIS LIFE SERVING THIS COMMUNITY APRIL 1969
“That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world a better place than he found it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.”
Col Brown entered the Police Force on 11thSeptember 1950 at the age of 20 years. He was appointed Senior Constable on 20th November 1960 and was transferred to Dayboro on 22nd April 1965.
Col Brown died on 9th April 1969 after being shot by Leonard Spencer at Whiteside, near Dayboro in the execution of his duty when he responded to a call from farmer Alfred Grech. Mr. Grech had reported that 170 gallons of milk had been allowed to run out of a vat on his dairy farm. Col was 38 years of age.
On Saturday 1st November 1969 a monument to the late Senior Constable Colin Brown was unveiled. Some years ago the Pine Rivers Shire Council demolished the original drinking fountain during an upgrade of the park. The plaque was saved, given a clean up and placed on the new drinking fountain installed on a pathway closer to the road.