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Frederick Arthur (Fred) Brodie (1854–1915)

Frederick Brodie, n.d.

Frederick Brodie, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 December 1915

The late Mr. Frederick Arthur Brodie, whose death occurred in Sydney suddenly on 15th November, was born at Glenalvon, Murrurundi in 1854, and was the seventh son of Peter Brodie, of Glenalvon, Swamp Oak, Moonbi, who was one of the early pioneers. He was educated at Macquarie Fields, and afterwards at the King's School, Parramatta, under Mr. G. F. Macarthur. After leaving school he went into the Bank of Australasia. In his early twenties he went to Queensland, at first to Mr. Thomas Brodie at Nive Downs, and from there going on to the Gulf country with Mr. Jack Brodie, where they selected country from time to time, Mr. F. A. Brodie finally taking up Lorraine Station, where he settled. He was joined later by his cousin, Mr. Stuart Haydon, and they were partners together in pastoral matters for a number of years, owning Vena Park, Maggieville, and other properties. They held these properties until the financial crisis in 1893, and after that Mr. F. A. Brodie went to Normanton, where he carried on a stock and station business. He subsequently established a branch of the business at Croydon, which he continued to manage until he came to Sydney in 1907. He was married in Normanton to Miss Katherine Keogh, and leaves a family of one son and two daughters.

In 1907 Mr. Brodie established the business of "McDougall, Brodie and Co.," in Sydney, with a branch at Charleville, and subsequently carried the business on alone in the name of "F. A. Brodie and Co.," with, as the business expanded, branches at Croydon and Cloncurry, until 1914, when it was formed into a limited company, an additional branch to those already mentioned being opened in Townsville. His intimate and practical acquaintance with pastoral matters, and his very exceptional and wide knowledge of all the Queensland laws relating to them, would alone have made him a very successful man, but added to this, he had a very strong personality, cheery and energetic, and possessed the confidence in a remarkable degree of all people with whom he came in contact.

Mr. Brodie was very widely known and liked, and his cheery personality made him a general favourite. He will be greatly missed by a notably wide circle of friends and acquaintances. He was a very liberal man, and was always ready and anxious to help or do a good turn to those whom he could, and in a quiet way assisted many who were less fortunate than himself. He leaves a record of integrity and fair dealing that cannot be excelled. Mr. Fred Brodie's brothers were Bernard, Jack, Tom, George, Peter, and William Brodie. The latter is the pastoral inspector of the Bank of New South Wales, Brisbane, and Mr. T. A. Brodie is managing Nive Downs. The others, who are deceased, were very old identities in North Queensland. His sisters are Mrs. George Munro, Mrs. G. B. Gidley King, and Mrs. Dight (Armidale).

It is probable that his son, Mr. Frederick Arthur Brodie, will join the staff of his late father's company, F. A. Brodie and Co. Limited, which will continue.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • probate, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 January 1916, p 6

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'Brodie, Frederick Arthur (Fred) (1854–1915)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 April 2024.

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