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Thomas Brown

Birthplace: Shetland, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Bedgerebong, NSW, Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Brown; Thomas Brown and Elizabeth Balfour
Husband of Barbara Brown
Father of James Brown; Jane Brown; Elizabeth Tait; Thomas Brown; Bessie Brown and 3 others
Brother of Margaret Brown; Helen Brown; Agnes Brown; Bessie Dickson; Robert Brown and 2 others

Managed by: Bruce Raymond Gilardi
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About Thomas Brown

Thomas was a noted whaler, an expert harpooner, and a farmer. With advancing years and depressed local economic conditions, he decided to leave Shetland and migrate to Australia. It must have been a most difficult decision to make, particularly as two married daughters had settled in Shetland.

On the other hand their eldest son, James, had already migrated to Australia, and their second son, Thomas, had been lost at sea on a ship's journey out to Australia.

There would have been much sadness at leaving one's homeland, especially as members of the family had lived at Clusta Voe, Shetland, for 206 years. Nevertheless, on a biting winter day Thomas and his wife, Barbara, and their three children, Mitchell, Margaret and John, left Shetland aboard the ship, "David McIvor". Captained by R. Baillie, it set sail for Australia, arriving in Sydney on March 4, 1856.

Thomas and his family went straight to Castlereagh, NSW, to live with his eldest son, James. Because of the advanced age of their parents, Thomas and Barbara, James, Mitchell, Margaret and John became the pioneers of their new country. They found themselves having to adjust to climate and conditions vastly different to the place where they were born. But they did adjust, and gradually learned to love their adopted country.

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Thomas Brown's Timeline

United Kingdom
Age 32
November 15, 1825
Age 34
February 22, 1828
Age 37
Aithsting, Clousta, Shetland, Scotland
April 13, 1830
Age 39
Clousta, Shetland Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 41
Clousta, Shetland Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom
January 16, 1835
Age 44
Clousta, Shetland Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom
July 14, 1837
Age 46
Clousta, Shetland Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom
Age 50
Clousta, Shetland Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom