A religious Brother is in court at age 84, facing charges from 50-plus years ago

  • By a Broken Rites researcher, article posted 12 March 2018

Christian Brother Brian Hamilton has had a long career teaching boys in Catholic schools in four states — Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. In 2018, just a few weeks before his 84th birthday, he is facing court regarding child sexual-abuse allegedly committed in the early 1960s.

According to official documents, James Brian Hamilton was born on 30 April 1934. He joined the Christian Brothers in his teens and began teaching in Sydney's Burwood in 1953. Next, he taught in Queensland, followed by Kalgoorlie and Albany in Western Australia and Geelong in Victoria. In the late 1980s he taught at Melbourne's Parade College before retiring in the early 1990s. He now lives at a Christian Brothers residence in Victoria.

In the Christian Brothers, it was once common for Brothers to be given a new middle forename and therefore Brother James Brian Hamilton became listed in various official documents as "James Eustace Brian Hamilton" and he signed pupils' reports as "Brother J.E. Hamilton". More recently, he is known simply as Brother Brian Hamilton.

In 2018, James Brian Hamilton is being charged regarding incidents which allegedly occurred in 1962-1965 when he was based at Christian Brothers College in Kalgoorlie. The charge, called "indecent dealings with a boy under the age of 14", is currently before the Perth District Court. The court's case-number for James Brian Hamilton is:
Indictment 1125 2017.