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  • 17 years of age at time of disappearance.
  • 5 feet 5 inches (165cm) tall.
  • Thin build.
  • Fair to light brown hair.
  • Large blue eyes.
  • Oval shaped face, long nose and protruding lips.
  • Brown eyebrows.
  • Fair complexion with a very faint chickenpox mark towards the middle of her forehead just above the right eyebrow.
  • Patricia was softly spoken and inclined to drop the letter ‘g’ off the end of relevant words.


  • Secret phone call whilst at work.
  • Left work early to meet a man.
  • Had a package under her arm.
  • Was possibly pregnant at time of going missing.
  • Last seen around Walcott Street North Perth around 6pm Thursday 4 June 1953.


Patricia Daphne Broun was single and employed as a shorthand typist at the time of her disappearance. She lived at home with her parents and siblings on Inverness Circle Mount Lawley. Patricia, the second youngest, was born in Goomalling, Western Australia in August 1935 and was known to her friends and family as ‘Pat’.


At 8.30am on Thursday 4 June 1953, Patricia left her home in Mount Lawley to travel to work at HC Griffin, ANA House, 44 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Around 3pm that afternoon whilst at work, Patricia received a telephone call from a male. Towards the conclusion of the telephone call Patricia agreed to meet the man at 6pm. This conversation was overheard by a work colleague.

Patricia requested to leave work early that day at 4.30pm. She caught a ‘trolley bus’ to Mount Lawley and around 5pm walked to the Simmon’s Grocery store at 291 Walcott Street North Perth where she purchased a can of Coca Cola. She then walked to Osborne’s, a corner store at the intersection of Walcott and Clieveden Streets and returned to Simmon’s around 5.45pm. Under her arm, she was carrying a parcel which was approximately 8” x 9” x 3” (20cm x 22cm x 8cm) in size.  She was last seen in the vicinity of Walcott Street around 6pm.

Prior to her disappearance, Patricia confided to a friend she was two months pregnant. Her parents were not aware of this disclosure and were quite religious. If Patricia was in fact pregnant, her child would have been born in late 1953 or early 1954. Patricia would be in her 80’s if she is still alive today.

Patricia has not been seen or heard from since. Patricia’s parents passed away many years ago not knowing what happened to their daughter.

The person or persons responsible for Patricia’s disappearance have not yet been identified.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Patricia (Pat) Daphne Broun, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report below. Please remember that you can remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are offered.

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

Working Together by DuShong

The artwork titled ‘Working Together’ represents the Aboriginal tribes of Western Australia working together in harmony to rejuvenate the land by controlled fires.

In this artwork it also represents our community today working together to keep our neighbourhood safe from crime.

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