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Martin Brennan (1851–1920)

After a long illness borne with great fortitude, esteemed citizen, Mr. Martin Brennan, died yesterday afternoon at his residence, at the age of 7o years. The deceased gentleman was one of the pioneers of Maryborough, having arrived here 57 years ago. He was born at Green's Bridge, Kilkenny, Ireland. In 1854 his father sold out his farm at Green's Bridge preparatory to sailing for America with his wife and family. When about to leave Ireland his father died in Kilkenny, and nine years later his mother, brother (the late Mr. P. Brennan) and sisters booked their passages to Australia by the ship David McIvor arriving in Maryborough on 9th July, 1863. The late Mr. Brennan engaged in the sugar industry and was employed at the Central Sugar Mill, Lindah and Millbank. In 1875 he commenced the business of a grocer and produce merchant at the corner of John and Walter streets, which he successfully carried on until 1912, when he retired. The late Mr. Brennan always took a keen interest in politics in the days when the late Mr. J. T. Annear was the member for Maryborough. He was also an active member of the old Licensing Bench for many years. The late Mr. Brennan was appreciated in Maryborough for his genial disposition, which brought him numerous friends, both young and old. He leaves, surviving, his widow and two sons and five daughters, namely, Mr. E. J. Brennan of Warwick, solicitor; Mrs. J. M. Johnson, of Fremantle, W.A.; Mrs L. E. Steindl, Maryborough; Misses Florence, Muriel and Winifred Brennan, Maryborough; and Mr. F. T. Brennan, Toowoomba, M.L.A. for all of whom much sympathy will be felt in their sad affliction. The late Mr. Brennan's funeral will take place this morning, and will be of a private nature.

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9 July, 1851
Kilkenny, Ireland


15 August, 1920 (aged 69)
Maryborough, Queensland, Australia

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