Norman Foorde disappeared in 1979, newspapers of the day said he was murdered because he 'yapped' re a bank robbery that had taken place at Murwillumbah in New South wales, which was said to have netted several million dollars.
Keith Briggs turned up in Brisbane with a union book from the Melbourne branch of the union sometime before 1972, Foorde's last known words were to other residents of his boarding house, that he was off to see 'Stewie'.
When his brother arrived in Brisbane with a crook union book, and a desire to establish a new identity, he began using Ian's commonly used name Stewie, changed Briggs to Bridges thus Stewie Bridges came into being, however work on the docks was not up his alley so he returned to his trade which was plumber.The scab Ian Stuart Bridges nee Briggs did a heap of time in Pentridge Prison, while in prison he formed an acquaintanceship with Foorde, he had ceased by that time to use the moniker Ian, preferring to use his middle name shortened to Stewie.
He did not however cease his association with the union, he was seldom seen in the workplace but was a daily attendee at the union rooms, as were any union men that wanted to go to work and an army of 'outies', non union members who were temporarily inducted into the union for employment when all the union men that wanted to go to work had jobs.
When Foorde who was an outie disappeared, the police questioned Stewie Bridges, he says he was grilled by then Assistant Commissioner for Crime Tony Murphy, the same officer Jim Finch said had persuaded him to bomb the Whisky Au Go Go night club, he said he knew nothing and was never charged.
Thus the scheme was that the union was always kept under manned, thus trainees called outsiders shortened to outies, would make up the shortfall, which meant that any man and his dog who turned up, no matter what his background, would in his turn go to work if he had the will to keep turning up.
No man was ever turned away, or was ever denied the opportunity to gain honest employment in this fashion, thus many people from the prison system or the mental health system, with little or no training or work experience, found their way into the workforce via the docks.
Periodically the union would 'open the books' inducting the most experienced outsiders into the union. Countless men gained confidence and self esteem in this way, including the author of this document.
We believe that the Stewie Foorde was off to see was in fact lan Stuart Briggs, who had arrived at the docks in Brisbane in the late seventies, unable to use the name Stewie his brother had appropriated, he resumed calling himself lan, while he too changed Briggs to Bridges .. he was still known as Stewie by Foorde however,
The police questioned the wrong brother, it was the two card trick as well, since the yapping that Foorde did re the Mur'bah bank job was to the police, who were crooks and who tipped off whomsoever told him, Ian Bridges it seems.
Suggesting that K. Briggs got wind of what went on at Mur'bah via his own criminal connections, he passed that on to his brother, who passed it on to Foorde, who passed both it and its source on to the police, who passed back to Briggs that Foorde had informed on him, whereupon he passed down to Foorde that he desired his company and when he came over murdered him.
Mark Redding was struck by a motorcycle as he was crossing Main Street Kangaroo Point in about 1981, when he was ten years old, he suffered severe head injuries which left his speech slurred and affected his gait .. Through the normal course of events he made a third party claim against the motorcycle's insurer, and was awarded some seven hundred thousand dollars in compensation.In 2009 we received phone calls from Arthur Redding's daughter and from Brian Cosh, a scab former member of this union, attempting to coerce a change of policy in relation to the death of Mark Redding .. Both were put on notice that they were on the wrong side of a capital murder investigation, and would be called as witnesses.
Joe said he had gone into a sports car yard and had priced a couple of vehicles, then had rung his mother saying that he wanted to obtain some of his compensation money to purchase a car, Joe said no communication had been received since.In 1990 Joe Plunkett who Ian Bridges had buggered with a broom handle in 1988, in an attack carried out on union premises by three members of the Union's Steerage Committee, said Mark who was his nephew was missing, said he had not been seen for about a week and was very distressed.
When one stated that perhaps the young man was with friends, since he had only been gone a few days, and it may not be entirely out of character for him to be a bit sulky, particularly if his mother had refused to entertain the notion that he should be buying an expensive sports car.
Joe shook his head .. At work a bit later one runs into Artie, Joes brother and Marks dad, with all the very best intentions one asked questions, Arthur said that the sports car yard was no longer the last place Mark was seen, that witnesses had seen the young man in company on a train on the evening of the day he had gone to the car yard, that he said he proposed to go to a party with some people he met that day .. A most sinister development one supposed.
That he was in the company of an older man, who was distinguished by being short, well dressed and well spoken, one conjectured that this person was a murderer who had enticed the young man from the party.Later, maybe a couple of weeks one is working with Artie again, asking if there was any news he says, Mark was positively identified by bar staff at a pub some place in the Four Rivers Shire half way between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Arthur says maybe not, says there is a lot of money involved since once Mark was declared dead the seven hundred G's would revert to his care, he said the police had told him that he should get a lawyer, since he was well spoken, well dressed, below average height and appeared to have a motive to murder his son thus making him the prime suspect.
In the union rooms one asked John Burke who knew the young fellow well, whether the injuries he sustained in the accident had a particularly visible affect, at this point Ian Bridges chimed in obsequious in his denial that Mark was impaired, pressing the point one says all the news reports stated he was severely physically impaired, "no no no" he says, Burke says he was.
I reckon Bridges murdered him at his old man's behest, and that the aborted trial for murder of a young man allegedly in possession of an item of Marks clothing he apparently found on a river bank, was a sham organized by crook lawyers in for their cut of the money.