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Claude Seccombe Browne (1880–1930)

Dr. Claude Seccombe Browne, of Tumut, who died yesterday at a private hospital in Darlinghurst, had a remarkable scholastic and sporting career. He was in his early fifties, and had been ill for about two years.

Son of the late Mr. A. D. Browne, a well known figure in the pastoral life of the State, Dr. Browne was educated at Sydney Grammar School, and studied medicine at Sydney University. He had a brilliant school record. At the junior examination in 1895 he won the University medal for general proficiency and the University French medal.  In the senior examination three years later he was bracketed equal with R. N. Teece for the John West and Graham medals, and the University medal for Latin and Greek. At the matriculation examination the following year, he was again bracketed with Teece for the Cooper Scholarship No. 2 for classics and the Bowman Cameron Scholarship for general proficiency. He also secured first-class honours in Latin, Greek, French, and Mathematics.

While at school, too, he won the Morehead Scholarship and the senior Knox prize. He was senior prefect and school captain in 1807-8. He captained the school's cricket and football teams, and was captain of boats in 1898, and in the same year was a member of the combined schools' fifteen. He also represented his school in athletics.

In 1899 he went to the University, enrolled at St. Andrew's College in 1901 and three years later graduated M.B. with second-class honours. While at the University he won Blues in cricket and football. He became one of the foundation members of the University Club.

He commenced private practice with the late Dr. Mason at Tumut in 1908, and on Dr. Mason's death was joined by Dr. T. B. Clouston, with whom he was associated at the time of his death. Dr. Browne spent two years at the war, serving in the 1st Australian General Hospital (Cairo), Rouen  Hospital (France), and at Harefield (England).

Dr. Browne is survived by Mrs Browne and two daughters, Misses Peggy and Diana Browne. His sisters are Mrs. S. D. Tozer (Brisbane), Mrs. St. John W. Dansey, and Miss Eileen Browne.

A service will be held in St. Mark's Church, Darling Point, at 2.15 p.m. to-day, after which the funeral will leave for the South Head Cemetery.

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2 February, 1880
Singleton, New South Wales, Australia


11 September, 1930 (aged 50)
Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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