Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

'Egg Incident' Set to Be Re-Enacted; Polished History Lesson to Welcome Q150 Steam Train

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

'Egg Incident' Set to Be Re-Enacted; Polished History Lesson to Welcome Q150 Steam Train

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Byline: JULIAN LUKE

ONE of the most infamous turning points in Australia's political history will be re-enacted on August 29 when the Q150 steam train pulls into Warwick.

Almost 92 years ago, Pat and Bart Brosnan threw two eggs at then-Prime Minister Billy Hughes at the Warwick Railway Station to protest against conscription during World War I.

"The Warwick Egg Incident", as it has come to be known, led to the creation of the Commonwealth Police Force, a precursor to the Australian Federal Police.

On the day of the last Federal Election, two years ago, the egg incident was re-enacted along the lines of a script from Brosnan descendant and history enthusiast Julie Conway.

Ms Conway thoroughly researched the script based on reports from the time from the Warwick Argus and other sources.

Warwick Tourism and Events chief executive officer Bev Marston will assist Southern Downs Regional Council corporate communications officer Tracy Vellacott and junior administration officer Spencer Rawle in coordinating the visit of the Q150 train to the Rose City and the re-enactment of the Warwick Egg Incident. …

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