Derek Bromley


Derek John Bromley

Derek John Milera was born in 1955 in the Riverland town of Barmera, South Australia. He is an indigenous man of the Ngarrindjeri and Narrunga peoples of South Australia and a member of the Stolen Generation.

Derek was forcibly removed from his Father and extended family at the age of three. He took on the name of Bromley as an adult out of affection and sincere respect for the woman who lovingly cared for him until he reached the age of around 8.

Derek is presently serving the 37th year of a mandatory life sentence of imprisonment for murder, allegedly committed in April of 1984. His original sentencing in 1985 set a non-parole period of 32 years. Due to changes in sentencing laws in South Australia, he became eligible for parole in December of 2006.

Derek remains in prison 14 years beyond that date.

Derek has engaged and excelled at every one of the limited opportunities available to him to prepare for release into the community. The availability of re-socialisation and reintegration programs have, for many years, been affected by his claim of innocence; a series of changes in parole laws in the years since his sentencing, and; the unjust drawing out of the duration of his incarceration.

Prison has, tragically, been a landscape of practically Derek’s entire adult life – but he has not allowed it to be the centre of his identity. He has campaigned and agitated (to the best of his ability, in extreme circumstances), as observed by the establishment, for prisoners’ legal rights, especially for the welfare and dignity of indigenous prisoners.

Derek has consistently claimed that he is innocent of the crime for which he continues to serve a life sentence. His case has been the subject of all available legal avenues of appeal against conviction, including an avenue that was not available until as recently as 2013. In 2018 the South Australian Supreme Court refused to grant him permission to appeal under this new and ground-breaking law.

At the time of writing, an application to the High Court of Australia for Special Leave to appeal against the 2018 decision is pending.

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Mr Bromley is not in a position to make contributions online and we respect the position he is in. No personal communication from him will be relayed via this website.

Any words or sentiments attributable to Mr Bromley and/or posted on this site will be historical and already in the public domain.

Updates on Mr Bromley’s appeal will be posted as soon as appropriate.

That being said, if you would like to send a short message of encouragement to Mr Bromley at any stage, please feel free to compose an email (see below) – your message can be conveyed.

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