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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs



Born C.1879 [81: 14-Jul-1946]
Married "Joe" Joseph Edgbert BROWN on 12 January 1901 in Cue, Western Australia [310: 17-Sep-1932]
She and her husband ran wayside hotels in Munara Gully, Minderoo and Abbotts in the Murchison [81: 14-Jul-1946] [312: 5-Sep-1905]
In 1904 they were running the Oxford Hotel and Railway Refreshment Rooms in Chidlow's Well [507: 16-Apr-1904]They
They lived in Bulong in 1905 [6] and then ran the Burlington Hotel in Bunbury in 1905 and 1906 [225: 17-Oct-1905] [318: 2-Apr-1906]
After running the Brunswick Hotel in Brunswick 1906-1911 they decided to go farming  [39: 31-Aug-1907] [50] [312: 9-Mar-1911]
They were on a farm in Perenjori in 1911 and her husband was a Storekeeper in Carnamah in 1912 [6] [81: 22-Sep-1912] [310: 17-Sep-1932]
Their sons Joseph and Gilbert and a daughter of theirs attended the Carnamah State School in 1912 [97]
After living in Whim Creek, droving and shearing, in Watsonia and Kendenup, they shifted to Pemberton [310: 17-Sep-1932, 16-Jun-1934]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of North Fremantle [2] [81: 14-Jul-1946]
In 1946 she held the State record for having given birth to the most children, with a total of 29, although not all survived [81: 14-Jan-1946]
Passed away at the age of 67 years at the Fremantle Hospital [39: 13-Jul-1946]
Mother of Joseph, Gilbert, David, Ann, William, Edward, Jack, Jessie, Ethel, George, Florrie, Arthur, Robert and Hazel [15] [39: 13-Jul-1946]
Died 11 July 1946; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, WE, 87) [2] [39: 13-Jul-1946]

From The Sunday Times newspaper, Sunday 14 July 1946:
Mother of 29 - Mrs. A. Brown Dies
"Mother of Australia's biggest family - 29 - Mrs. Annie Brown of North Fremantle and formerly of Pemberton, was interred at Karrakatta cemetery yesterday. She was 67. A number of her 12 surviving children and their own children were at the funeral. Her husband, Joseph Brown, died some years ago. Married at Cue in 1901 - her husband had divorced his first wife after she left him because they had no children - they lived at Mt. Magnet, Cue, or conducted wayside hotels on the Murchison stock route. Later they ran the Chidlow's Hotel, the Burlington at Bunbury. They farmed at Perenjori, kept a store at Carnamah, went copper mining at Whim Creek. They were with shearing and droving teams, then down at Kendenup, and later at Pemberton. And in all the years that Mrs. Brown was pluckily following her husband wherever his work took him, the Stork was always close at hand. Her life was an amazing example of pluck. Sixteen of her children were boys and 13 girls. First child, a girl, was born in 1901 but died of fever, from which the mother was suffering at the time. Youngest, Hazel Joan, was born in 1927. All of her 29 children were born in the first 31 years of her married life. If ever a woman did her duty to her country it was the late Mrs. Brown"

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Annie Price / Brown' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 July 2024 from [reference list]

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