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James Henry (Harry) Brookes (1866–1925)

from Brisbane Courier

Throughout the whole State, in fact throughout the Commonwealth, the death will be regretted of Mr. James Henry Brookes, better known as Mr. Harry Brookes, a well-known pastoralist and sportsman. The late Mr. Brookes was born at Birmingham in 1866, and came to Queensland with his parents at a very early age. He was educated in Brisbane, and became associated in cattle with the late Mr. William Baynes. Subsequently he purchased the cattle property of Glentanner near Dalveen, and he also had a stud Shorthorn farm near Maryvale, many of his cattle being well known in show rings. Mr. Brookes, who had been a member of the committee of the Queensland Turf Club for about 20 years, raced some very fine horses, including Sweetheart, Boscobel, Gozard, Braw Laddie, and Sycee. Some years ago he transformed Glentanner into a sheep property, and for the last 15 years that had been his home, excepting for the intervals that he spent in Brisbane. Mr. Brookes was a man of very genial disposition, and took a very great interest in the development of athletic sports and other public movements. For probably 20 years he had been an active member of the committee of the Royal National Association; and throughout his life he earned the reputation of being a great sportsman, always ready to give practical encouragement to sailing, rowing, boxing, cricket, football, and other forms of sport, being a member of several sporting bodies, including the Royal Yacht Club. As a young man Mr. Brookes was a fine amateur rider, and throughout the Commonwealth he was known as a very keen judge of horses. The late Mr. Brookes married the youngest daughter of Mr. Edward Taylor, and he has two daughters, the youngest being unmarried, and the eldest being Mrs. Walter Douglas, of Brisbane. Mrs. Henry Baynes is a sister. Mr. Brookes had been ill for about three months, suffering from heart trouble, which caused his death.

The funeral (motor service) of the late Mr. Brookes will take place to the South Brisbane Cemetery this afternoon, moving from St. Andrew's Church of England, South Brisbane, at the conclusion of a Service commencing at 2.30. The internment will be private, and it is requested that no flowers be sent.

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'Brookes, James Henry (Harry) (1866–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 July 2024.

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Birmingham, Warwickshire, England


18 October, 1925 (aged ~ 59)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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