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Elizabeth Brown (nee Taylor)
Early settler in Albury, NSW she was Midwife to Albury's population for many decades
Submitted by Scott Brown


Obituary of Elizabeth Brown (nee Taylor) (From the Border Mail 30 April 1915)
Death by accident of one of Elizabeth's Children (From the Albury Banner 2 April 1870)


BROWN, ELIZABETH - Obituary from the Albury Border Morning Mail Newspaper of 30 April 1915

OLD COLONIST DIES
Death of Mrs Elizabeth Brown - One of Albury's Pioneers
There died at her residence, South Albury, at a quarter to nine this morning, one of the pioneer identities of the town, and one of the oldest native born residents of the Commonwealth, in the person of Mrs Elizabeth Brown, relict of the late Robert Brown. Granny Brown, as she was familiarly and affectionately known amongst a very wide circle of friends, came to Albury over 60 years ago, and for almost the whole of that lengthy period had resided in the dwelling where she died, adjacent to the lagoon which, even in official municipal circles, bears her name. She was as Mr J.L. McEachern remarked today, the towns oldest midwife, and in that capacity, for half a century or more, she came in contact with all classes of the community, in the early days of Albury, when the town did not possess the medical and other advantages with which it is so well equipped today. She was a woman of most kindly and charitable disposition, and her unselfishness was unbounded; those who knew her intimately recognised in her the proverbial "friend in need" and many people in Albury will cherish kindly remembrances of her.

The late Mrs Brown was born in Liverpool Street, Sydney, on January 23, 1835 - two years before Queen Victoria ascended to the throne of Britain - so that she was in her 81st year. She was married in Sydney when she was in her 21st year, and about 12 months later left the "city" - Sydney was not much of a city then - for these parts. Accompanied by her husband and infant son, she travelled overland in a bullock waggon, and needless to say, the journey was a protracted and eventful one, their being little settlement indeed inland in those days. When near Tarcutta, the waggon went into a "rut", and Mrs Brown was thrown out. She managed to throw her baby clear from the wheels, which passed over her own body, seriously injuring her. However, the wives of the overlanders, as Australian writers have recorded, were brave and hardy, and Mrs Brown rapidly recovered. On arrival at Albury her husband engaged in brickmaking, until his death 28 years ago. It may be re-called by old residents that Mr Brown was hastening to a fire in Ebden Street when he dropped dead as the result of heart failure.

The deceased lady leaves a grown up family of six sons and three daughters;
The sons are Robert (Sydney), James, William, Samuel and Richard (Albury), and Charles (New Zealand), and the daughters Mrs Daniel Robertson (Melbourne), Mrs Morrison (Melbourne), and Mrs S Slater (Albury). There are 36 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The only surviving sister of the deceased is Mrs J Croucher, of Albury.

The late Mrs Brown, who, as indicated, had lived a strenuous life, was a woman of remarkable energy and vitality, and her health did not break down until about last Christmas. During the last couple of months her death had been expected almost daily.

The interment will take place on Sunday afternoon, the cortege leaving her late residence at 3.30 for the Albury Cemetery. The mortuary arrangements are in the hands of Mr J.S. Adams.


In 1870 one of Elizabeth's children died in a road accident. This was reported in the Albury Banner newspaper on 2 April 1870, as follows:

"FATAL ACCIDENT - An inquest was held on Tuesday upon the body of a child of seven years of age, the daughter of a brickmaker called Brown. The evidence taken by the Coroner showed that the deceased was riding in a cart with her Grandmother, who was driving, and that on passing along a narrow track near the Bungowannah store, the cart was suddenly upset by one of the wheels running up a sloping tree or stump. The grandmother was not much injured, but the child fell in such a position that the whole weight of the cart rested upon her chest and stomach. When assistance was obtained it was found that the unfortunate child was quite dead. A curious circumstance has been mentioned in connection with this affair by several persons who knew the deceased. It is said that the child had always been in the habit of accompanying her grandmother in the cart, but that on the morning of the accident, when told to get ready for a drive, she showed the greatest disinclination to do so, and cried and struggled when put into the cart."

The child who died in this accident was Catherine Brown, the daughter of Robert Brown (Brickmaker) and Elizabeth Brown (midwife). Catherine was born in 1861 and was actually eight years old when she died. A further coincidence with this accident is that, when traveling from Sydney to Albury to take up residence, Robert, Elizabeth and one of their children were involved in a similar accident, although no one was killed Elizabeth was badly injured when the wagon rolled over her hips. The details are mentioned in Elizabeth's Obituary (above).


Family details of Elizabeth can be found at Scott Brown's web site
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