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Note: You appear to be using a web browser that does not support current web standards.Although this site has been designed to be usable in any browser, it may not appear as intended. The need for some permanent type of 'police' presence for Queensland came with the transportation of convicts to Brisbane.
It was only under the provision of this Act that the term 'Police Force' included the Water Police Force. C.) continued in the role of Water Police Magistrate for about 10 years and during this time a Select Committee was appointed to inquire about the management and working of the police force at which Thornton, whilst giving evidence, outlined the operation and duties of the water police.
Richard Sheridan and Mr John Mc Master, the Mayor of the Municipality of Brisbane.
Although the hulk "PROSERPINE" was used as the water police station as outlined by William Thornton to the select committee, it was also used to house prisoners due to overcrowding in Brisbane gaol and was the second vessel to be used for this purpose.
The 7 January 1861 saw the appointment of William John Brown, Sub-Collector of Customs with a salary of 475 per annum to the position of Water Police Magistrate for Rockhampton. He told the Committee, "The Water Police consists of an Inspector, a coxswain, a carpenter, and five constables one of whom acts as cook.
Brown had under his control three Customs boatmen who also acted as Water Police Constables. There are no other water police in any part of the colony.
He later took up another seat in the Legislative Council that he retained until his death. His funeral was attended by many notable Queenslanders including Sir Arthur Palmer, President of the Legislative Council, Hon.