Brown – Hunt Families of Sherbrooke including the Ferndale Orchard

 William Benjamin Henry Brown, husband of Sarah Matilda Williamson (Refs 1, 2), is mentioned in the Illawarra Family History’s Illawarra Pioneers Pre 1900. He was born in Sydney, and was a farmer at Horsley West Dapto, before becoming an Orchardist at the “Ferndale Orchard Farm”  in Sherbrooke during 1873-1883. Memorial notice by his children. Note – William Benjamin Brown’s sister Mary Ann Hunt nee Brown also moved with her husband John Thomas Hunt and their family to Sherbrooke in the 1870’s.

” IN MEMORIAM. In memory of our dear father, WILLIAM H. B. BROWN, who departed this life   at his residence, Ferndale, Sherbrooke, on 23rd November, 1883. He is not dead, but gently sleeping—     Comfortably on his Saviour’s breast— Where the angels all are singing, “Weary, be at rest.”   Dear father, we will one day meet you In that glorious home above;   We’ll follow that narrow but pleasant path That leads to the blessed Saviour of Love. Inserted by James A. Brown, on behalf; of his 7 brothers, 3 sisters, and dear old mother. Public School, Toothdale, Nov. 21/91.” … note Toothdale is near Candelo and Bega.

His sons expanded the orchard in 1894 and were in the process of doing so again, when the Ferndale Orchards until the resumption for Cataract Dam was announced in 1902.


Brown Family Tree

– note only the eldest two children of William Brown & Elizabeth Catherine Foss appear to have lived at Sherbrooke

William Brown b c.1800 Norwich, Shoemaker convicted of larceny and transported to Australia 1820 on the Elizabeth  married Elizabeth Catherine Foss. Several of his children lived at Sherbrooke, whilst others moved down to southern NSW Monaro area.

  • William Benjamin Henry Brown b. 1828 Sydney, Farmer,  married in Sydney to Sarah Matilda Williamson and moved to Sherbrooke
    • Frances Victoria  Brown (1852 – 1933) married in 1889 in Woonona to Henry Richard Neil  Brooks (1862 – 1950)
      • Ruby Augusta Victoria Brooks (1890 Cooma – 1971 Wollongong buried at Brownsville)
      • Henry A Brooks (1893 Cooma – )
    • Elizabeth Brown (1853 – 1939) married Thomas W Musgrave (1854 County Fermanagh Ireland – 1922 Bondi – buried in Dapto) who played cricket for Sherbrooke with his Brown brothers-in-law – son of William Love Musgrave and his wife Alice Jane Wallace. Thomas was Musgrave a breeder of Stud Dairy Cattle in Albion Park according to son Bertie’s 1945 obituary. Was this Thomas’ second marriage ?
      • Edith Jane  Musgrave (b. 1881 Wollongong – 1965 Haberfield) married in 1906 in Albion Park to George Hubert Franklyn Knight (1880 – 1964), son of Franklyn Knight 
        • Edith Eileen Knight (1907 – 1996) married Alexander Crichton (1899 – 1996)
          • Joan Eileen Crichton (1934 – 1996) married Warren Kyle Williams in 1958 & Francis Gordon Berriman
          • Jeanette Lorraine Crichton (1938 – 1979) married Bruce Paris (1936 – ) in 1963
          • Pamela Joy Crichton ( 1945 – 1993)
        • Kenneth Rex Knight (1909 – 2002)
        • Rita Irene Knight (1912 – 1997) married Terrence Denniss in 1958
        • Ronald Keith Knight (1915 – 2000) married Vida Ruth Tomkins (1916 – 2003) – he served as a Lieutenant in WW2
      • Arthur Leslie  Musgrave (1883 Wollongong – 1979)  married in 1943 in Cooma to Marjorie Ray Brooks (1897 – 1987). Arthur was the Country Superintendent of the Farmer and Settler newspaper – was with the newspaper in 1948 – lived in Albion Park in 1908 and was living in Cremorne in 1943 – was mentioned in 1948 at the time of the death of his brother Roy Cedric Musgrave
      • William Aubrey Musgrave (1885 – 1957)  married Elsie Anne Yeend nee Couch  in Sydney in 1908 (note – she had been previously married to Alexander Ross Yeend & divorced him in 1907  – with whom she had 2 children)
      • Charles Wilfred  Musgrave (1887 Wollongong – 1984) married in 1924 in Burwood to Annie Elizabeth Evans – was a bank manager with E S and A Bank and had enlisted in WW1 in September 1918 and was accepted
      • Bertie Alvin Musgrave (1890 Wollongong – 1945) married in 1915  in Marrickville to Aileen A Bindon – William Aubrey Musgrave was the executor executor of his estate in 1945. In 1908 he had passed the bankers . examinations and become a relieving manager with the ES and A Bank. After leaving the bank he was an accountant and company secretary with Port Kembla Stevedoring Company. Obituaries – 1945, more–  include references to his family members. (There were other references to a Bertie Musgrave and John Musgrave who were the proprietors of Braidwood Newspapers “Despatch” and “Review” in 1939 – 1 – with the partnership dissolved in 1946  – 2 – these were apparently brothers so perhaps a different Bertie Musgrave ? ).
        • Nonie Aileen Musgrave married Dudley Bernard “Barney” D Ryder (Rider)  of a Perth & Wollongong family  in 1945, after her father’s passing in the same year – was she at Rose’s Restaurant in 1940 ? They appear to have been in Hawaii and lived in Quebec Canada in the 1950’s – 60’s.
      • Minnie Irene Musgrave  (1895 Wollongong – 1991) – married in 1946 to Francis Bernard Tysoe (1901 – 1984) in Ashfield
      • Roy Cedric  Musgrave (1892 Wollongong – 1948 Townsville ) married in 1918 in Dapto /  Lambton to Stella M Corr (note 2 entries for this marriage in NSW BDM ) – became manager of Grice and Co in Townsville
        • Thomas Kevin John Musgrave (1926 Murwillumbah – 2007) – served in the RAAF in WW2 married Bernice Rita McCahon in 1946
        • Daughter
    • Henrietta Brown (1855 – 1939 ) – never married
    • Thomas William Brown (1857 – 1952), Dairy Farmer,  married in 1900 to Minnie Elizabeth Evans  (1871 – 1933) – 1, 2– Tom’s 90th birthday celebrations – 1, 2
      • Kathleen Edith Brown (1902 Avondale – ) married in 1924 in Berkeley to  Wilfred Carlton Thompson, a fisherman
        • Ronald Thompson married Joan Moore
          • Son
          • Son
            • 5 children including Joel
          • Daughter
        • Noel Thompson
        • Gordon Thompson
        • Son died at birth
      • Ormonde Clive  Brown (1904 Wollongong – 1992 Camden) married Victoria May Graham (1908 – 1996) in 1930 – daughter of John Charlton Graham and wife Mary Isobel Rixon of Illawa Albion Park . John Graham who was involved with the Albion Park Show and Dairy Cattle  in the 1920’s,  was also Manager of Illawarra Cooperative Dairy Society for 38 years
        • Trevor Brown present at wedding of his sister Lola May Brown’s wedding in 1954
        • Lola May Brown married in 1954 at St Lukes Brownsville to married Robert James Beck of Ireland
      • Evan Adrian Brown (1907 Dapto – 1990 Florda ?) married in 1934 in Wollongong to Miss Marion “May” Brown, daughter of David Brown of Rawlinson Ave Wollongong – he worked in the Drawing Office of the Steelworks. He became very religious, though as a young man, he had some appearances in court after a serious car accident in 1930, in Corrimal with Harry Henson – more. It appears that possibly he and his wife left to live in America in 1955 possibly with their youngest son and that he died in Palm Beach Florida in 1990 ?
        • Judith Brown (1939 ? – 1971 ?)- at cousin Lola May Brown’s wedding in 1954
        • Rex Evan Brown (19401940)
        • Clive Evan Brown (1948 – )
      • Vera Frances Ivy / Isobel Brown (1910 Dapto – 2010 Nambucca Heads)  married in Wollongong in 1935  to Murray John “Jack”  Sainsbury  (1906 – 1998 Macksville )
        • Pamela Sainsbury – at cousin Lola May Brown’s wedding in 1954
    • Frederick John James  Brown (1858 – 1948), Farmer,  married Lydia Knight (1859 – 1921) (daughter of George Knight and wife Rebecca Dearling)
      • Oswald J Brown b 1881  married Dot Quirk
      • Harold George Brown b. 1882 married Alice Prentice
      • Effie Nerida Brown born 1884 married William Matthewson
      • William Ambrose Brown (1886 Bulli – 1961 Brisbane) married in 1909 in Sydney to Catherine Katie Ryan ( 1870 – 1918 Brisbane) & in Brisbane in 1921 to  Florence Adelaide Sis Axam (1885 Wollongong – 1964 Brisbane) (daughter of Charles Axam and wife Sarah Blow ( 1852- )
        • Frederick William Brown (1910 Murwillumbah – 1977 Brisbane)
        • William Ambrose Ralph Brown (1912 Murwillumbah – ) served in WW2 possibly married Ruth ?
      • Ethel May Brown b.1888 married Lionel Giffoll
      • Ambrose Oliver Brown b. 1891 married Mary Murnane – he served in WW1
      • Eric Roy Brown (1893  – 1971) married Elsie Bullock (1904 – 1983) – served in WW1
        • Kenneth Ambrose Roy Brown (1923 Murwillumbah – 2000) who served in WW2
      • Ella Marjorie Brown b. 1898 married John Partridge
      • Sarah Alma Brown b.1900 married Jack Townsend
      • Linda Myrtle Brown b.1902 married Colin Harrington Crosbie McLeod (1893 Sydney – ) – he served in WW2
    • William George Brown (1860 – 1953), Dairy Farmer,  married Isabel Edith Goodall Blackman (1863-1951) – lived at Wollingurry – Yallah in 1920’s  – Brown Bros (Yallah) – he had been the Secretary of the Sherbrooke Progress Assocation in the 1880’s – 1890’s. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1948. His obituary stated that his grandfather had sailed with Matthew Flinders to Australia in 1800.
      • Wilfred Aubrey   Brown (1899 Woonona – )  served in WW2 – was a Sergeant in 1943 in Signals,
      • Hetty/Betty I Brown (1901 Woonona – 1950 ) married in 1930 to John Ruskin Brooks Faulks
        • John Erskine Faulks (1931 – 2007) married
          • Son
          • Daughter
        • Marcia Agnes Faulks (1935 – 2007) married James Barry Burgess (1928 – 2011)
      • Cora Dorette Brown (1903 -1981 )  – mentioned in newspapers many times in 1920’s – 1 & 2 – appendicitis – 3 show in 1919 – married in 1932 to  Eric William Armstrong
      • Elsa Goodall Brown (1903 – 1997)  – mentioned in respect to bookkeeping and shorthand in 1921 and show in 1919 – married in 1932 to Allan Armstrong
      • John William “Jack” Brown (1905 – )  – news media article 1, – married Jean Edith Evans of Forbes in 1937
    • James Ambrose Brown(1862 – 1932), Teacher,  married in 1886 in Bega to Mary “Polly” Porter ( – 1933 Obituary)  – however in the electoral roll in 1930 he has returned to Dapto as a farmer – but also in another roll listed as living at Burelli St Wollongong – Obituary – 1, 2,
      • Ivy M Brown (1887 – )  married  1915 to Roderick I MacNamara
      • Montague Ambrose Brown (1890/92 – ) – married Ada S M Byrne in Cootamundra in 1928 – served in WW1 and WW2 – came back to Illawarra to work on a dairy farm with his father
      • Constance Muriel Brown (1892 Bega – 1982 buried at Rookwood with her sister, brother and possibly sister in law) – in 1933 Constance was named as one of the Executors of her mother’s will and it appears she was not married then – in 1930 she is listed on the electoral roll at same Dapto address a her father and then also in Burelli St Wollongong – same address as her father – 1934 she was at Burelli St Wollongong. In 1919 she was a VAD who was hit with influenza. It appears she never married.
    • Ambrose Arthur Brown (1864 Dapto – 1940 Murwillumbah) teacher married in 1887 to Margaret Nuttall “Nuttie” Brooks (1866 – 1944 Murwillumbah)  ?? – sister of Henry Richard Neil Brooks – they were living in Stotts Creek in 1919 at the time of their daughter Estelle’s 1919 marriage
      • Victor Henry Ambrose Brown (1888 Cooma – 1967  or 1970 Brisbane) married Ivy May Johnson (1901 – 1954) – awarded a military medal in WW1 in 1918 and served in  WW2
        • Darcy Keith Brown (1927 Murwillumbah – 1950) – may have been a boxer  and may have had some court appearances in Mackay, Townsville and Murwillumbah – possibly a black sheep in the family
      • Alvin B Brown (1891 Candelo -1891 Cooma) )
      • Henry William Brown (1892 Cooma – 1983) – served in WW1 – living in Mittagong in 1944
      • Estelle Irene (Stella)  Brown (1895  Woonona – 2.3.1963 Murwillumbah )  married in 1919 in Murwillumbah to John Robert  Dawson (1891 – 1958) , farmer  – they were living in Tumbulgum in 1932 when they were injured in motor vehicle accident -elected to Duranbah Swamp Drainage Trust in 1939 – and then in 1947 was John was appointed to be a JP
        • Douglas John Dawson (24.11.1921 Murwillumbah – ) served in WW2 – more
      • Arthur Kingsley Brown (1897 Woonona – 1982) married Jessie Isabela Kennedy (1904 – 1986) – served in WW2 and was a POW in Thailand in 1944
        • daughter
        • daughter
      • Thomas Richard Charles Brown (1899 Adaminaby – 1977 Brisbane) – served in WW2 – married in 1928 in Boomi to to Lucy Josephine McCosker (1909 Warialda – 1962 Mt Isa)- divorced 1951 – see McCoskers in Australia New Zealand Tribal Pages for more information on the McCoskers
        • daughter
        • son
      • Francis Claude Brown (1902/03  Goulburn – 1963 Brisbane) married 1925 to Rebecca Waugh Kingston (1905 – 1963) – he served in WW2
    • Edward Charles Brown (1866 – 1930) married AliceMary Winifred Bourke (1876 – ) her father was at Bulli Public School. He had lived at Tintenbar, Lismore, Bentley, Goolmangar, Murwillumbah, Coffee Camp  – Obituary 1, 2, 3 (most comprehensive including photograph with his siblings), 4 – he had worked as a salesman, teacher, farmer and representative for the Northern Star – elected to Bulli Shire Council and conducted Bulli Times. Obituary mentions Cricket match against Mr W G Grace’s side
      • Mary Edna Brown (1899 – 1900 Woonona – 1950 Obituary – 1married in 1917 in Lismore to George  M Henry Lee and lived at Goolmangar
        • Francis Kevin  Lee (1918 ? – 1973) served in WW2 / WW2 
        • George Edward Lee Jnr ( – 1958)
        • Bernard Lee
        • Vincent Lee
        • Enid Patricia Lee married in 1938 in Lismore to Roy Louvain Quirk
        • Daughter married Bert Taggett
        • Marie Lee
        • Valmai Lee
        • Daphne L Lee ( 1927 – 1931  Lismore) – died of burns
      • Joseph Frank Brown (1902 Wollongong – ) – served in WW2
      • Alban Terence “Jim” Brown (1906 Woonona – ) married in 1936 in Lismore to Mary Ellen Louise Bruggy – served in WW2
      • Nurse Clarice E Brown (1909 Lismore – )  married to Geoffrey P Ainsworth in 1935 in Ballina
      • Alice W Brown (1907 Woonona – ) married in Ballina in 1928 to Bernard C Mitchell – Atherton
      • Doris I Brown (1912 – Lismore – )
      • Marion Wilma Brown (1915 Lismore – ) married in 1941 in Lismore to James Noel Berigan
    • Alfred Ernest Brown (1868 – 1952 Moss Vale – 1, ) married in 1899 in Wollongong to Florence Elizabeth McDonald. He was a banker but had been involved in the dairy industry with his brothers.
      • Max Brown ( – pre 1952)
      • Leila Brown married Bernard Collett – Moss Vale
      • Russell Brown  – Moss Vale
    • Albert Cole Brown (1872 – 1954), Dairy Farmer, married  in 1903 to Ethel Knight (1882 – 1944) (daughter of Franklin Knight and his wife Bridget SmithFranklin Knight was a son of George Knight and wife Rebecca Dearling). They lived at Exeter
      • Alvin Brown – Meadow Flat
      • Reg Brown – Queanbeyan
      • Douglas Brown – Exeter
      • Gladys Brown  married ? Williamson and lived at Tarago
  • Henrietta Brown, b 1831 Surry Hills – not known if she was at Sherbrooke
  • Mary Ann Brown b.1833 Surry Hills – died 1909 Thirroul – married in 1860 to John Thomas Hunt – the family moved to Sherbrooke in the 1870’s according to son Frederick’s 1943 obituary and as indicated in a letter to the Bulli School Teacher, Miss Mary A Gorman in 1879. The mail contract for 1885 for between Bulli and Sherbrooke was awarded to John Hunt. In 1885 and 1886 he was raising concerns about the Sherbrooke School Teacher. Also in 1885 (more) he was involved in the affairs of the Sherbrooke Union Church and in 1888  & 1889 the Flower Shows of Sherbrooke.

    John Thomas Hunt’s 1926 obituary”Old South Coast Identity. DEATH OF MR. J. T. HUNT.We have to record the passing way of anothor of the old identities of the South Coast in the person of Mr. John Thomas Hunt, who had reached the 86th milestone of life. The death occurred in Illawarra Cottage Hospital at Coledale at 9 o’clock last Sunday morning, he having been conveyed to the institution from Thirroul a week previously owing to a ‘stroke’ incapacitating him. He received all medical skill and nursing attention, but the end came in a peaceful manner. The funeral took place at midday on Monday, the remains being interred with those of his late wife in the cemetery at St. Augustine’s Church of England, Bulli, the service at the grave side being conducted by Rev. L. Parsons. Deceased leaves a family of two daughters and six sons — Mrs. Dodds (Sarah, Enficld), Elizabeth (Sydney), William (Hclcnsburgh), Frederick (Dapto), George (Bellambi), James (Rydalmore), Charles (Thirroul), Henry (Thirroul). There are a large number of relatives throughout the coast, two of the grandsons who are well known, being Messrs. Leo. and Allan Hunt, of the motor bus service between Wollongong and Austimner. The late Mr. Hunt was originally engaged in farming pursuits, and is still remembered at Ulladulla, from which place he went to Sherbrooke, and about 30 years ago moved to Thirroul, where he spent the rest of his life, and in which town he was known to almost everybody and highly respected.

    • William John Hunt b. 1861 Wollongong – married Mary Palmer living at Helensburgh
      • Harold J Hunt (1904 Helensburgh – ) married Vera Ross Craig
        • Laurel Jean Hunt married Henry Hugh Thompson in Helensburgh in 1952
      • Arthur A Hunt (1909 – Helensburgh – )
      • Myrtle F Hunt (1913 Helensburgh – )
    • Frederick John George  C Hunt b. 1863 Wollongong d. 1943 Wongawilli married Jane Peterson in Wollongong in 1891
      • Selina M J “Lena” Hunt married  Lesley Doherty in 1911 in Wollongong
        • Daphne F  Doherty (1912 Wollongong – )
        • Frederick G Doherty (1915 Wollongong – )  served in WW2
    • Henry T Hunt b. 1864 Ulladulla d. 1954 Thirroul – had lived in Thirroul married – Lucy Clifton Dryden 
      • Mildred D Hunt (1899 – )married John DJack” Reay in 1918 in bulli
      • Roy Hunt b. 1902 – d. 1945 married in 1946 to  Janet T Norwell – lived at 39 Main Road Thirroul
        • Dorothy Lucy Hunt b. 1926 – d. 1984 married in 1946 to David S Brodie b. 1919 – d. 1972
        • Barbara Hunt 
    • John T Hunt b. 1865 Ulladulla
    • George Charles Hunt b. 1867 Ulladulla m. Ellen Herbert / Edith Sarah Farrant ? – lived in Thirroul
      • Thomas James Hunt b. 1895 – 1971 n Thirroul or Helensburgh – served in WW1
      • Francis Joseph Hunt b. 1897 – d. 1918 of wounds in WW1
      • Edith Hunt
      • Dorothy Hunt
    • Charles Hunt b. 1868 married Agnes Frewin
      • Leo Augustus Hunt (1898 Woonona – ) married Ellen E Styman in Bulli in 1924
      • Allen R Hunt (1905 Woonona – )
      • Marshall Lawrence  Hunt (1907 Woonona – ) married Violet Alice Horton in Bulli in 1938
      • Iva M Hunt (1909 Woonona – )
    • Elizabeth Ann Hunt b. 1868 Ulladulla – mention of her school years at Sherbrooke – married in 1928 in Cessnock to Thomas Kenworthy
    • Sarah Matilda Hunt b. 1869 Ulladulla married William Dodds
      • Charles H Dodds (1893 – 1981)
      • Ila Bertrand Dodds (1896 – 1970)
      • Stanley J W Dodds (1900 – 1921)
      • Victor Francis Dodds (1903 – 1967) married Muriel W Marion
        • Millicent Dodds
        • Leila Muriel Dodds (1930 – 2011)
      • Lesley A Dodds (1907 – 1966)
      • Edna Olive Dodds (1915 – 1990) – Baines
    • Negus Hunt b. 1871 Ulladulla married Rose Cooper – she possibly remarried to ? Mangles ?
      • Negus E Hunt b. 1893 Woonona
      • William Herbert Hunt b. 1894 Helensburgh – d. 8.5.1915 Gallipoli
      • Prescott Henry  Hunt b. 1896 Helensburgh – d. 9.6. 1918 Somme France
      • Minnie E Hunt b. 1899 Helensburgh
    • James Hunt b. 1872 Ulladulla
    • Elizabeth Ann Hunt (1875 Ulladulla – )
  • James Brown b.1834 Surry Hills married Elizabeth Dawson – not at Sherbrooke – source Turnbull Clan
    • William George Brown (1866-67) married Jane Kelly 
    • Ann E Brown (1868-69 – ) married James Higgins
    • Henrietta Jane Brown. Born: Circa 1870, Married George Mould.
    • James Edwin Brown. Born: Circa 1871.
    • George Dawson Brown. Born: 19/11/1873, Berridale. Married Emily Annie Hawkins at Cooma. Died 19/10/1968 at Cooma
    • Charles Edmund Brown. Born: Circa 1875-1876, Married Ethel Barnett – AKA “Ettie.”
    • Alfred Ernest Brown. Born: Circa 1877, Married Ester/Essie Chase.
    • Frederick Arthur Henry Brown. Born: Circa 1879, Married Eleanor Anne Challis – AKA “Nellie.”
    • Franklin Sidney Brown. Born: Circa 1881, Married Phoebe Neil. (They lived at Gundagai & had no children.)
    • Ethel May Brown. Born: Circa 1885, Married Jim Burness.
  • Frederick Brown b.1836 Sydney married Mary Ann Weston – not at Sherbrooke source Turnbull Clan
    • William John Brown. (TCA #42377) Born Circa 1861. Wollongong.
    • Frederick G. Brown. Born Circa 1862.
    • Arthur Charles Brown. Born Circa 1864. (TCA #42697) or 1865 Gegedzerick, Berridale. N.S.W.
    • Sarah E. Brown. Born Circa 1866.
    • John G. Brown. Born Circa 1868.
    • Ann Brown. Born Circa 1870.
    • George Brown. Born Circa 1873. (TCA #42700) Gegedzerick, Berridale. N.S.W. 8. Frances Victoria Brown. Born 6/8/1874. Unmarried. Had a son, Ambrose Henry Brown, B: 11/4/1902.
    • Herbert Henry Brown. Born Circa 1877. Had a daughter, Zena Mary Victoria Brown, born 25/10/1910.
    • Alfred Ernest Brown. Born Circa 1879. (TCA #43259) Shown as Ernest Alfred. Berridale. N.S.W.
    • 11. Emily Brown. Born Circa 1881.
  • Sarah Brown b. 1839 d 1875 Sydney married Edwin Russell – not at Sherbrooke source Turnbull Clan
    • Ellen Russell. (TCA #44282) Born 15/3/1870, Berridale.
    • William Edwin Russell. Born 17/12/1871, Berridale. 
    • .George Russell. (TCA #42795) Born 27/8/1873, Berridale.
  • Henry Brown b. 1843 Lane Cove – not at Sherbrooke source Turnbull Clan
  • Charlotte Maria Brown b. 1845 Cooks River d 1905 married Edwin Russell after her sister Sarah’s death some years earlier – not at Sherbrooke source Turnbull Clan
    • Henry Born 4/7/1879, Adaminaby.
    • David (TCA #42821) Born 31/3/1881, Adaminaby. (Twin)
    • Catherine (TCA #42792) Born 31/3/1881, Adaminaby. (Twin) – Married Joe Teasdale.
    • Frederick Born 23/7/1883, Adaminaby.
    • 5. Sarah Elizabeth Born 13/2/1888, Adaminaby. – Married Joseph Lowe. 
  • Negus Brown b.1847 Chippendale married Isabella McDonald – not at Sherbrooke source Turnbull Clan
    • Sarah Ann Brown. Born 17/11/1879, Cooma.
    • Negus Edward Brown. Born 1/2/1882, Cooma.
    • George Alexander Brown. Born 15/12/1885, Cooma.
    • Isabella Brown. Born 6/7/1888, Cooma.
  • George Charles Brown b. 1853 Botany married Catherine – not at Sherbrooke source Turnbull Clan
    • Herbert F. Brown circa 1882
    • Leslie C. Brown circa 1883
    • Charles G. Brown circa 1884
    • Stella E. Brown circa 1887
    • Beresford Brown circa 1889.

Aside from the Orchards, the Brown’s also advertised palms and ferns for sale at their property Ferndale on Bulli Mountain in 1883.

The Browns were active in the community life of Sherbrooke – the Church, School, Progress Association, the Atheneum Debating Society and of course the Sherbrooke Wildflower Shows. Not to mention Cricket – sometimes there were five brothers in the Sherbrooke Cricket Team, sometimes eight, and Brown family lore has it that there was a time when the whole team was manned by Brown brothers! Excerpts from Joel Thompson’s talk to the Illawarra Historical Society in March 2013 …

Sarah Williamson and William B H Brown appear to have met whilst Brown was living and working as a tenant farmer at Horsley, although his date of arrival in the area and details of his tenancy do not appear to be clear, (and as anyone who has attempted research on the Dapto area in relation to a Brown will attest, this is a complicated exercise given the number of Brown(e)’s, and particularly William Brown(e)’s that resided in the area).

What is clear is that William and Sarah had met and were married in Sydney by December of 1851. William and Sarah had nine (9) children between 1852 and 1872 all of which were born in Dapto. It appears during this time that the family resided on the Horsley Estate along with Sarah’s mother and half-sisters.

[Note – actually there were 11 children]

By 1873 however the family had relocated to Sherbrooke, on the cataract river above Bulli, where they established a large orchard named “Ferndale” which was reportedly the largest orchard in the Southern Hemisphere and was famed for the quality of its fruit and produce. The sons and sons in law formed the Sherbrooke cricket team with little help from outsiders. According to family folklore, the team reportedly once played against the English Cricket team (although I have been unable to substantiate this).

William Benjamin Henry Brown died at Sherbrooke in 1883 and was buried at Brownsville. In 1903, following his death, the Government resumed Sherbrooke for the development of Cataract Dam. The family, including Sarah Matilda, relocated back to Dapto.

Here, three (3) of the brothers (Thomas, William and Albert) became a prominent force in the dairy industry, trading as “The Brown Brother’s”. 

Following this, the “Brown Brothers” were farming “Wollingurry” Estate, possibly as early as 1902. By 1912 a mortgage was taken out on the property in their name and it seems it was in their ownership. Whilst the title details relating to the estate held by the Brown Brothers are unclear (and require further research), it appears likely that they had several homes established across the property, presumably for the various brothers involved. The Wollingurry Stud became famous in cattle trading circles and the Brown family remained on the property until the site was resumed by the Government for the construction of the Tallawarra Power Station Site.”

So the Brown family faced resumption by the NSW Government twice – for water and for power !

Many families had orchards at Sherbrooke, Wilsons was to the south down near Brokers Nose above Corrimal. But by far the biggest was Brown’s Ferndale property. Their fruit was packed into cases and brought down Bulli Mountain on bullock carts to the Railway Station and then freighted to Sydney and out to the international export market. And they were in the process of further expansion when the resumption was announced. After the resumption they returned to the Dapto area and became successful dairy farmers. Their old fruit trees were still laden with fruit in the years after they left before the Cataract Dam was filled, so the Government brought in Contractors to manage picking, packing, freight and sale of the fruit.

Other Sherbrooke families with smaller orchards moved down Bulli Mountain to Thirroul, Bulli and Woonona where they set up orchards, eg the Jones at the top of Lachlan St Thirroul, Blinkco’s in High St Woonona and Blinkco’s relatives the Cavill’s had orchards in the Gahans Lane-Popes Rd area of Woonona.

There is far more to follow on the Brown family, as the Sherbrooke Sisters uncover their stories.

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