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Named in honour of Michael Leslie Low

Constable Michael Leslie LowMichael Leslie Low, Registered Number 4509 joined the Queensland Police Force in 1980 at the age of 20 years.

On the 29th February 1984 while stationed at North Rockhampton, Constable Low attended a domestic disturbance at Duthie Avenue, North Rockhampton. As Constable Low and his partner, Senior Constable Derek Pickless, approached the house Constable Low was killed instantly by a shot gun blast fired through the front door.

A brief exchange of gunfire then took place between Senior Constable Pickless and the occupant of the house Glen Douglas Reuter.

A short time later Reuter took his own life.


Qld Police Vessel "M. L. LOW" - Cairns

"M. L. LOW" - Photo taken 2nd May 1997 after her transfer from Thursday Island where she was originally named "W. CONROY"   Photo - Mal Bettenay


Built Maryborough 1964, the "M. L. LOW" was first launched under the name "YARAN" and operated by the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol.

The "YARAN" was acquired by the Queensland Police Service and renamed "W.CONROY " ("W.CONROY III") and based at Thursday Island.

Following the launch of the "W. CONROY IV" she was transferred to Cairns Water Police in 1996 under the command of Senior Constable Warren Francis where she was renamed the "M.L.LOW'.

She was later decommissioned and replaced by the 'Russel A. Wilson' on the 3rd June 1998.

© 2009 Copyright John Rice
Last Modified June 2009