Mary Devereux with a portrait of her grandfather, Frederick Charles Meredith Burne, the police magistrate who presided over the case of egg-thrower Patrick Brosnan and the court transcript from the day.
Mary Devereux with a portrait of her grandfather, Frederick Charles Meredith Burne, the police magistrate who presided over the case of egg-thrower Patrick Brosnan and the court transcript from the day. Jonno Colfs

Family tie to infamous 'Egg Incident' aftermath

A SOUTHERN Downs woman has come forward to reveal it was her grandfather who presided over the court case of infamous egg-thrower Patrick Brosnan.

Mary Devereux, who lives near Pratten, said she had known about her family connection to the Warwick Egg Incident all her life.

"My mother told me the story when I just a child," she said.

"It's a fascinating bit of history, and with all the recent coverage of the story, I though it might be interesting to hear about the other side of it."

Mrs Devereux said her grandfather, Frederick Charles Meredith Burne, was the police magistrate in Warwick at the time.

"From reading the court transcript of the proceedings, I think the most interesting thing about it was that my grandfather wasn't at all interested in hearing about the egg throwing," she said.

"He continually shut police down when they tried to talk about it.

"Brosnan was there to face a charge of creating a disturbance and that's all he was interested in."

Mrs Devereux said she understood the sentiment behind Mr Brosnan's action.

"Hughes wanted conscription and already thousands of young men had been slaughtered," she said.

"A lot of people didn't want to see any more of their young men sent away to die.

"Most people respect the title of Prime Minister, even if they don't respect the person holding it, but Brosnan clearly disagreed with the reason for the visit entirely."

The court transcript shows Mr Brosnan was not arrested for throwing an egg but for creating a disturbance afterwards.

He pled guilty and Burne fined him 10 shillings.


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