Colin Bevan OAM (6 Nov 1920 - 30 Apr 2016)

Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club 1505 Gold Coast Highway Palm Beach 4221
10th May 2016
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Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club 1505 Gold Coast Highway Palm Beach 4221
10th May 2016


In loving memory of Colin Russell Bevan OAM who sadly passed away on 30th April 2016

Late of Tallebudgera.
Passed away peacefully on Saturday 30th April 2016.
Aged 95 Years.

Dearly loved Husband of Carol.
Loved Father and Father-in-Law of Joan & Henry Gadenne, Rod (dec'd) & Joan Bevan, Helen & Lynton Morris, Patrick & Melanie Creamer, Colin & Nike Bevan and Russell (dec'd).
Cherished Grandfather and Great Grandfather.
Loved Brother of Bill Bevan and Eunice Cameron (both dec'd).

Family and Friends are warmly invited to attend Colin’s Memorial Service – 'Celebration of Life' to be held at Tallebudgera SLSC, Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, Queensland, on Tuesday 10th May 2016, at 2.00 pm.



Colin Bevan was born in a small country town named Pittsworth on the fertile Darling Downs in south-east Queensland. Following the destruction of their jewellery business by fire, the family was forced to move to Brisbane where he was educated to university entrance standard. His first employment was as a young head teacher of small country schools in North Queensland, followed by a short period as a Queensland Department of Education Research and Guidance Officer, then appointment as that State’s first Chief Probation and Parole Officer for the Department of Justice, finally retiring as Assistant Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology in the nation’s capital, Canberra, ACT. He was first married to Vilma and then married Carol in 1977. He raised six children, Joan, Rodwyn (d’ced), Helen, Patrick (step-son), Colin James and Russell (d'ced) and lived happily in retirement on his two-acre property in the hinterland of Queensland’s Gold Coast.



1934 – 1937 St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, Brisbane
Dux of Second Year Seniors, Prefect, and represented the school in Athletics

1939 – 1947 Teacher, Mena Creek Primary School, North Queensland

1947 – 1952 Headmaster, Flying Fish Point Primary School, North Queensland, opened after World War II

1952 – 1957 Headmaster, Jaggan Primary School, North Queensland. During this period he studied Psychology and Education at University of Queensland where Sir Fred Schonell was Head of Department, and thus developed an interest in “mirror reading”, later termed “dyslexia”. This began his interest in the correlation between school failure and delinquency.

1957 – 1960 Seconded to Research and Guidance Branch, Department of Education, as a Guidance Officer. The Head of the Branch persuaded Colin to apply for the newly created position of Chief Probation and Parole Officer in the Queensland government by asking “what is your major interest in education?” Colin answered “the contribution made to school failure by emotional and neurophysical difficulties in children” to which he replied “what about the contribution made to whole-of-life failure for the same reasons?”

1960 – 1975 Inaugural Chief Probation and Parole Officer, Queensland. It is probable that Colin’s address to the Parliamentary Committee set up by the Bjelke-Petersen Government to enquire into punishment for crimes of violence, helped to result in the death penalty not being re-introduced into Queensland.

1975 – 1985 Appointed Assistant Director (Training) of the Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra. During this period Colin was responsible for the conduct and organisation of some 150 seminars on all manner of criminological subjects from prison management to domestic violence. He edited a publication titled “Minimum Standard Guidelines for Australian Prisons”. Colin wrote many papers and publications during this time, all of which are available from the J.V. Barry Memorial Library, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra (list attached).

In 1977, at the request of the Australian Development Assistance Bureau (ADAB) and the Australian Institute of Criminology, Colin visited Western Samoa to review the judicial system, with special reference to their probation and parole systems, make recommendations for restructure and develop suitable training programs for probation and parole staff.

From 20 February to 24 March 1979, at the request of the Australian Government, Colin represented the Australian Institute of Criminology as a visiting Professor to the 51st Seminar Course at the Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders in Japan and presented three papers, including “The Dangerous Offender and the Courts” and “The Place of Psychiatry in the Court Room”.

One of Colin’s particular enthusiasms was the promotion of the concept of “Diversion” in the Australian criminal justice system. This concept is to divert people from appearing in court altogether and show they can avoid further law breaking with guidance and assistance. This program is now in place throughout most Australian courts.

1985 On reaching 65 years of age, Colin retired from the Australian Institute of Criminology on 6 November 1985 and returned to Queensland.

2000 – 2005 From 2000 to 2005, Colin took the opportunity to write his memoirs and, on 7 December 2005, published his book “As The Walrus Said - The Time Has Come…” The book is available from


1960’s Colin was Vice-President of the Australian Prison and After-Care Council (later Australian Crime Prevention Correction and After-Care Council), for a number of years during the 1960’s. At the recommendation of Mr. Justice McClemens, President of the Australian Prison and After-Care Council, Colin attended the Regional Seminar of the United Nations Asian and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) in Japan from 28 February to 25 March 1966. On his return to Australia he reported to the Attorney-General on the feasibility of an Australian Institute on lines similar to the UNAFE Institute. As a result, the Chief Justice of Victoria, Justice J.V. Barry, took up the idea and eventually the Australian Institute of Criminology was inaugurated in Canberra in 1974.

1968 – 1969 President, Oxley Golf Club, Brisbane, and later Patron of the Club.

1971 Colin was one of the key contributors to the design of the Queensland Police Arts and Sciences Course, initiated by the then Police Commissioner, Ray Whitrod. When the course commenced, Colin became a volunteer lecturer in Criminology to the police students.

1974 Awarded the title “Boss of the Year” by the Secretaries’ Association of Queensland.

1974 – 1975 President of the Brisbane District Golf Association (BDGA).
While President, Colin was playing golf at Virginia Golf Club when he noticed a blonde boy, tall and well built, hitting golf balls down a practice fairway and noticed how good he was. (This young man was Greg Norman) He wondered how many more young people there were with similar potential and raised the matter at the next meeting. From this there ensued a scheme set up by the BDGA whereby clubs throughout the State could nominate promising young members for special coaching. The result was an increase in the number of young Queensland golfers such as Greg Norman, Peter Senior, Peter Baker-Finch and Peter Foley reaching prominence in the professional golfing world.

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Melissa Bevan wrote

Grandad, how very sad both Craig and I are on hearing of you passing. We are both heartbroken that you won't be around to share more laughs and to hear your many stories. We both enjoyed your company so much. You were an amazing man and a treasure. You will be sorely missed. xxx

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carole mckeown wrote

How privileged I have always felt to have been taught by you at the Jaggan State primary school, Col. ( you were Mr. Bevan to me then ) Even more wonderful, after all of your successes, you remained the same humble and caring man. I send my love and thoughts to Carol and Family.

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Jay Braeuer wrote

Colin even though I only met you a handful of times oh I know you'll be greatly missed ✌?️Out to a great ambassador for for the Justice system and to a great man

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Jill Eliot wrote

Unfortunately I will not be able to attend. Col, Carol, family and friends will all be in my thoughts as you celebrate the magnificent life and achievements of this beautiful man. xxoo

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Joan Bevan wrote

What a loss to the physical world you are Dad. Your academic achievements are outstanding and the wisdom and love you gave to all your family (including me) will be sorely missed.
I first met you in 1970 and have loved and admired you for 51 years, you were very influential in my life with Rod and later after he passed. Your great grandchildren especially Aiden will speak your name for years to come. I will always treasure the memories we shared and pass them on to my children and grandchildren so you will never be forgotten. RIP Dad

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Carmel and Alan Ikin wrote

What an amazing contribution to our world, you will always be remembered with great admiration. Our love goes out to your wonderful wife Carol, your family and also your great friend Jan Lawrie. RIP Col xxxxx

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