Retired Police Association of Victoria


What ever happened to Mal Brownlee

Mal will be remembered for the fabulous historic photograph displays he created at William Street HQ in the 1980's, at the VPC in the 1990's as well as the Police Academy, where his photos and frames are still on display.

He also designed and created framed memorabilia plaques for retiring members, In fact, I have one proudly displayed in my lounge room, ever since retired in 2006.

After Mal retired from photography to take up charity fund raising he disappeared from view, and I have had numerous inquiries from retired members wanting to locate him and use his services.

Well, I recently located Mal through a friend. He is still creating masterpieces for retiring members and now works out of a factory in Ferntree Gully. I have actually seen his factory and I think it is the best "man-cave" I have ever seen.

At 75 years young, he not only continues the framing service, but he has also set up a full scale timber mill (using only ethically acquired trees) and creates fabulous timber plaques and timber tablets, complete with police badge and relevant text. Each timber piece comes with a certificate detailing the source of the timber, the reason the tree came down, etc.

Mal's website is and displays samples of his most recent work. He will only see people by appointment, but can be contacted on 0438 301 430. Believe it or not, but his prices are the same ans when I retired 17 years ago.

I strongly recommend that any member who would like to display theor pride in their career and accomplishment, contact him


Phil Parson





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