CRICKET TRAGIC: Lou Rowan spent time in Bundaberg as a police officer.
CRICKET TRAGIC: Lou Rowan spent time in Bundaberg as a police officer. Jonno Colfs

Former cop and mate of Donald Bradman dies at 91

A POLICE officer once stationed in Bundaberg, who was also a Test cricket umpire and developed a lasting friendship with Sir Donald Bradman will have his funeral tomorrow.

Lou Rowan died on the Gold Coast last week. He was 91.

Mr Rowan relieved in Bundaberg when the district officer was away on leave.

According to the Courier-Mail, when Mr Rowan was posted to Bundaberg as a police officer, he reckoned the place was "overrun by hoon drivers''.

He told the Bundaberg NewsMail at the time that local drivers were "the worst in Australia'' and, within months, 35 of them had their licences suspended or cancelled.

Mr Rowan was best known as one of the officiators during the fiery 1970-71 Ashes series in Australia.

Mr Rowan also umpired the first One Day International match ever, between Australia and England at the MCG on January 5, 1971.

He umpired 26 Test Matches, and worked as a drug squad detective on the Gold Coast during the 1970s and 1980s.

One thing Mr Rowan cherished quite clearly was a friendship with Sir Donald Bradman, simply the greatest cricketer of all time.

They shared letters for more than 30 years.

At the heart of this fondness are more than 130 letters from the Don that Mr Rowan secured for safe keeping at a bank in Warwick.

"When I'm gone they'll be shredded in their entirety," Mr Rowan told the Warwick Daily News last year.

"They contain personal thoughts and comments on a whole range of topics and I'd rather they are destroyed than have them fall into the wrong hands.

"I've been extremely privileged to meet a lot of great people in my life."

Mr Rowan's funeral will be held in Warwick.



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