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Walter Sigismund Brown (1861–1936)

Dr. Walter Sigismund Brown, who died on Sunday, aged 75 years, practised in the Parramatta district for more than 48 years. His father, the late Dr. Walter Brown, established a practice in George-street, Parramatta, more than 80 years ago. Dr. W. S. Brown succeeded him in 1888, and subsequently handed the practice on to his son, Dr. Keith Brown. Thus three generations of the family have practised in the same house.

Dr. W. S. Brown was educated at The King's School, Parramatta, and at Guy's Hospital London. He had been an honorary medical officer of the Parramatta District Hospital for many years, and had been active in medical work until about three months ago.

In his younger days he was an outstanding sportsman. While at The Kings School he was captain of the cricket and football teams, and won the all schools' 440 yards championship race. He captained his school in a famous one-day cricket match against Oatlands. The King's School team scored ?? runs in their only innings, the top scorers being W. S. Brown 114, J. Hillas, 120, E. ??, 105, and C. Wade, 95. It was the highest number of runs put together in a one-day match up to that time, and the match was recorded in Heaton's Dictionary of Dates. Subsequently, in England he played three quarters for the Blackheath football club, a leading team of the time, and captained the Guy's Hospital cricket team. He also played football and tennis for the hospital. He won the hospital tennis championship in which ?? men competed. In later years he played golf and bowls at Parramatta, winning the championship of each of the local clubs. He was president of the bowling club for 17 years.

He is survived by four sons and three daughters. The funeral took place yesterday.

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16 March, 1861
Parramatta, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


12 December, 1936 (aged 75)
Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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