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Peter Spicer Brockman (1874–1944)

Another link with the early settlement of the Busselton district was severed on Saturday last when the death occurred of Mr. Peter (Pierre) Spicer Brockman, of Buntine, at the Dalwallinu Hospital.

Deceased was born in 1874 at the Warren near Pemberton, and was the third son of Edward Revely Brockman, and a grandson, on the maternal side, of John Garrett Bussell, the founder of Busselton; on the paternal side his grandfather was William Locke Brockman, of Heme Hill, Upper Swan. He received his education at Hale School under Mr. Fawkner, and as a young man, with his brother, the late Mr. Hugh Brockman, worked his father's property known as "Reinscourt," near Busselton, and upon his brother's marriage he took over the property on his own. In 1900 he married his cousin, Carlotta, eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Prinsep, of "Little Holland House," Busselton.

He took an active interest in public affairs and was very progressive in his ideas. He was mainly responsible for the commencement of the Busselton butter factory, was the first man in the South-West to instal a milking machine, and with his brother was among the first three to use a cream separator. He was instrumental in forming the Wonnerup Progress Association and held office as both chairman and secretary. As an early member of the Southern Districts Agricultural Society, he was ring steward for many years, and also took an active part in the Orange Lodge.

It was through the efforts of the late Mr. Brockman that a Company of Light Horse was formed here, and at the time of the visit of King George V., then Duke of York, the Busselton Light Horse had the honour of being chosen as the Duke's escort during his visit to this State.

Some years after his father's death, the Reinscourt property was sold, and he took up residence in Albert Street, Busselton, where he remained for eight years, and afterwards took up land near Buntine where he built up a farming property.

He was a man much loved and respected by all who knew him, and his passing removes from our midst yet another direct descendant of the first family to settle in this district. He is survived by his wife and five children, Cal (Mrs. Eric Elliott, Busselton), Frank (Baker's Hill), Harry (AIF), Emily (Mrs. D. J. Crow, Maya) and Martin (Maya), as well as thirteen grandchildren. He is also mourned by four sisters, Margaret (Mrs. M. T. Willmott, Busselton), Edith (Mrs. Frank Willmott, Busselton), Mrs. S. Milward, Nedlands), and Miss Isobel Brockman (Busselton), and two brothers, Messrs. William (Pembntou) and Edward Brockman (Nannup). Three other brothers, Hugh, Vernon and Frank predeceased him.

The funeral took place on Tuesday morning in the old graveyard adjoining St. Mary's Church, and was pre ceded by a service in the church, which was attended by a large number of relatives and friends who came from all parts of the State to pay their last respects. Amongst those present were representatives of the Busselton Municipal Council, Sussex, Nannup and Augusta-Margaret River Road Boards, the Southern Districts Agricultural Society, members of many of the old families of the district and of the business community.

The chief mourners present were his wife; Mesdames E. Elliott and J. D. Crow (daughters), Messrs. Frank and Martin Brockman (sons); Mrs. M. T. Willmott (sister); Messrs. William and Edward Brockman (brothers); Messrs. Edward, Sykes and Joseph Willmott, John, Frank, Robert, Edward and Julius Brockman, and Alfred Reynolds (nephews); Miss M. Willmott (niece); Miss E. Prinsep (sister in-law); Mesdames Frank and Harry Brockmau (daughters-in-law); Mr. E. Elliott (son-in-law); Mr. F. B. Vines (cousin and Messrs. Percy Willmott and Hugh Stoate (great nephews).

The service in the church and at the graveside was conducted by Rev. R. E. Davies, and the pall-bearers were Messrs. P. S. Bignell. P. L. Reynolds. W. Forrest. B. K. Killerby, H. Helliwell and O. Larsson (representing Mr. E. J. Reilly, Perth).

Among the beautiful floral tributes were those from the following:— Mother and Martin: Emily, Dave and children: Harry. Edno, Doreen and John: Frank (AMF). May and family: Sister Isobel; Virgina and family: Eric. Cal and children; Henry, Blanche, Percy and Jim; Mel, Teddy and family: Ted, Sylvia and family: All at "Westlawn": Percy and Hilda Rey: Maggie, Gladys, Edward, and family; Sister-in-law Emily Prinsep; Mr. and Mrs. F. Allard and family: May and Lou Weston; All at Manjimup; Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Reilly, Perth; Ida and Stella Layman; Mrs. Helliwell and sons; Connie and Sam Burt; Mr. and Mrs. Wills: All at Inlet Park; Norris and Lockhart families; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Carter; Mrs. McCallum: Mr. and Mrs. J. Waterhouse and family: Stan and Mrs. Holgate and family: W. G. Moore: Mr. and Mrs. Symington: Killerby and Breeden families; Harold and Mabel Carter; Mr. and Mrs. E. Reilly.

The funeral arrangements were carried out conjointly by Purslow & Son, Northam, and R. Falkingbam & Son, Busselton.

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'Brockman, Peter Spicer (1874–1944)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 May 2024.

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