Edwin John Brown

Date of birth
Date of death
08 Jul 1932
Place of birth
Parramatta/New South Wales/Australia
Place of death
Granville/New South Wales/Australia
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Edwin John Brown was born in 1859 at “Brislington” house, George Street, Parramatta. He was the son of Dr Walter Brown who was the first captain of the Parramatta Volunteer Rifles formed in 1850. E J Brown was educated at King’s School. He showed himself to be a competent sportsman excelling in football, boxing and of course rifle shooting. He started work as at the Lands Department and after serving his apprenticeship under the late Surveyor Mr Milne, mostly in the Oberon district, he qualified as a Licensed Surveyor in 1884. He left the public service to start a private business as a surveyor. In 1885 he formed a partnership with another licensed surveyor, Samuel Chatfield, with whom he formed the well know firm Chatfield and Brown based in Sydney. Samuel Chatfield himself had close ties with Parramatta, his grandfather being Captain Lamb of Parramatta. Chatfield was also on the member of the Parramatta Licensing Bench. He died in 1906. Brown's father’s love for shooting was passed onto his son who held the position of Chairman of the National Rifle Association for 24 years. His valuable service to the Rifle Association earned him an Order of the British Empire in 1929. As well as being a licensed surveyor Brown also ran a business in Parramatta which advertised his services as property auctioneer, valuator, financial and insurance agent, mortgages. His office was located in the Hatte’s Buildings, Church Street, Parramatta. For many years Mr Brown was one of the most popular man in the Parramatra district. He was a multi talented individual who was involved in a number of societies including the Parramatta and District Philharmonic Society and Parramatta District Liedertafel. He had a talent for singing and on occasion performed in public. He was elected an alderman for Parramatta in February 1900 and was returned on every subsequent election until February 1928. He played a valuable role on the Council’s Building Committee. He was also Trustee of Parramatta Park for 40 years. Mr Edwin John Brown OBE died on the 28th July 1932 at his home in Granville.


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