David Brown


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1901 1907
Mayor Alexandria 1902 1902
  • Alexandria alderman David Turnbull Brown (The St George Call, 19 January 1918, p. 1)

Family background

David Turnbull Brown was born on the 11 December 1860 at Nairn, Scotland, the son of Thomas George Short Brown and Susan Margaret Kennaway. He immigrated to Sydney by the ship ‘Peterborough’ which arrived on the 23 December 1882. He married Amelia Benjamina Rossiter (1862-1949) on the 7 December 1867 at Redfern, NSW, and they had two sons and two daughters. Brown died at Rockdale, NSW, on the 26 April 1943, aged 83 years; he was cremated at Woronora Crematorium. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £868. He lived at 79 Buckland Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Self employed David Brown was attracted to municipal office by a combination of public service and self interest.

Community activity

David Turnbull Brown was a Justice of the Peace (JP).

Local government service

David Brown was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1901-07, representing the West Ward. He served as mayor in 1902. Brown was also an alderman on Bexley Council c1917 and on two occasions served as mayor there.


‘Municipal Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 February 1901, p. 5, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/14368556

The St George Call, 19 January 1918, p. 1, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/162766838


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