Fred Brooks did not have a brother named Charles.   ED: Margaret …

Comment on Coniston Massacre remembered by Denise Brooks.

Fred Brooks did not have a brother named Charles.

 

ED: Margaret Friedel provided the following response: Dick makes it clear in Part 5 that Charles was not Fred’s brother, although Aborigines thought they were brothers because the surname sounded the same.
The first few sentences of Part 5 provide the Aborigines’ perspective. Then Dick says: “But what of Fred Brooks’ brother, the policeman?
Charles Edward Brookes (not Brooks) was born in Adelaide on 1st August, 1847 … ” and goes on to give detail about Charles Edward Brookes.
About a third of the way down the article, Dick then says: “Whatever the case, Mounted Constable Charles Brookes was not the brother of Fred Brooks, but the confusion is understandable.”
I trust this clears up any misconceptions.

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