John Brown


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1843 1853

Family background

John Brown was the son of John Brown (d.12 March 1842, aged 66), a native of Jedburgh, Scotland. A birth is recorded for a John Brown on 23 November 1816 at Jedburgh, Roxburgh, Scotland, parents John Brown and Mary Riddell. John FB Brown junior married Elizabeth Cameron on 2 August 1841 at the Scots Presbyterian Church Sydney. His death date has not been identified.

Occupation & interests

Like his father John Brown was a saddler and he eventually took over his father’s business in George Street. In January 1843, John Brown and Co were advertising newly imported fashionable riding whips at their Saddlery Warehouse at Macdonald’s Building in George Street. From 1841 to 1851, John, James, and Henry Brown, presumably brothers, were working as saddle and harness makers at 410 George Street.

Community activity

John Brown was on the committee of St Andrews Scots Church and in March 1843 called for tenders for glazing the church. His father had also been a trustee of the church and John Junior and the family erected a memorial tablet for him when he died.

Local government service

Brown was a Foundation Alderman for Bourke Ward, 7 October 1843 to 21 February 1853.



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