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Named in honour of George Robert Young

Constable George Robert Young was born on the 15th of November 1895 and following training was sworn into the Queensland Police on the 1st of September 1921. 

His particular aptitude for Water Police work led to his transfer to the Water police in November 1922. 

In February 1937 he obtained a certificate as launch master for the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay, and a certificate as Marine Motor engineer. 

He had passed his Sergeants exam and was awaiting promotion.

On the 11th of November 1938, a young typist suspiciously disappeared in Brisbane. As part of the extensive search that was underway to find her, a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Amphibian aircrew, who were working in the Brisbane area at the time, offered to assist.  As the search was an official police search they required a Police Officer to accompany them in the aircraft. 

43 year old Constable Young was assigned the task of police observer as he was considered an expert on the lower Moreton Bay foreshores and the Logan River.

On the 28th of November 1938 while engaged in the search, and flying low over the Logan River, the RAAF Amphibian aircraft hit a 5000-volt electric cable causing it to crash and explode killing everyone on board. 

On the 1st December 1938 it was reported that the Queensland State Government offered a reward of £500 for information leading to the finding of Marjorie Norval, "dead or alive" and that the search for her would continue indefinitely. At the time of writing the result of the search for Ms Norval is not known.

Qld Police Vessel "GEORGE ROBERT YOUNG" - Townsville

Queensland Police Vessel George Robert YoungThe Police vessel "George Robert Young" is a 15.8m mono hull vessel with a beam of 4.8 meters. She is powered by twin 560 horsepower MTU engines and has a top speed of 25 knots with a cruising speed of 19 knots. With a fuel capacity of 3100 litres she has a range of over 350nm at cruising speed.

The "George Robert Young" was purpose built for the Queensland Police Service by Norman R Wright and Sons of Bulimba in Brisbane. Construction of the "George Robert Young" was commenced in 1992 and finished in 1993. 

The "George Robert Young" is constructed of triple diagonal cold moulded timber, coated with dynel and epoxy resin. She is equipped with modern electronic navigation and engine management systems. 

The " George Robert Young" also carries a 4.5m Rigid Hull Inflatable vessel powered by a 60 hp outboard motor that is housed on a ramp at the stern.

The " George Robert Young" was commissioned at Townsville on the 3rd of February 1994 and is the largest vessel attached to the Townsville Water Police fleet.

She operates over an extensive area between Hinchinbrook Island and the Whitsunday Islands including the offshore waters of the Great Barrier Reef.


Photo "QPV GEORGE ROBERT YOUNG" and information courtesy Sergeant Matthew Pegg, Officer-in-Charge, Townsville Water Police.

Photo Constable George Robert Young, Qld Police Museum

© 2009 Copyright John Rice
Last Modified June 2009