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Brown, David (?–1911)

Mr. David Brown died at his residence, "Wyola," Valentine Grove, Malvern, Melbourne, on 14th October, after two or three months' illness. He was a Scotchman, son of the late Rev. Charles John Brown, D.D., of Edinburgh. Arriving in Melbourne in 1867, he engaged in country work, and in eight years passed through all grades of station life. He left Victoria in 1875 to manage Mossgiel Station in New South Wales. Later, about 1877, he took the management of Kallara and Gooimpa Stations on the Darling River, owned by the late Messrs. G. M. and S. H. Officer, in both of which stations he acquired an interest, which he retained. While at Kallara in 1878 Mr. Brown put down the first artesian bore in Australia, and carried out successfully work of the greatest importance to the pastoral industry. He proved the existence of the great artesian supplies of water.

Leaving the Darling in 1896, he lived for some time in Melbourne, and afterwards bought a farm near Clyde and Cranbourne, where he lived for some years, combining the work of sheepfarming and agriculture. He returned to town for the education of his children nearly four years ago, Mr. Brown took a great interest in politics, and while at Clyde was among the first to appreciate the need of better political organisation of the country districts, and with three or four others started at Cranbourne the Farmers', Property Owners' and Producers' Association, and until a short time ago was one of the most active workers for the League, endeavouring to perfect and to extend the organisation, and to bring it into line with other anti-socialistic bodies. Mr. Brown was selected as a candidate for the Senate, but withdrew in favour of the late Thomas Skene. Mr. Brown married the eldest daughter of the late C. M. Officer. His wife and six children survive him.

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'Brown, David (?–1911)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/brown-david-161/text162, accessed 19 October 2021.

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