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Brown, Norman Laurence (1900–1929)

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Norman Laurence Brown (1900-1929) mine winch driver shot by police 

Birth: 17 August 1900 in Annandale, Sydney, son of New Zealand-born Laura Ellen Brown. Stepson of Albert George Kidd, farmhand, of Greta, NSW. Unmarried. Death: 16 December 1929 in Maitland District Hospital, NSW. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Employed at New Greta colliery. Described as being “of a very quiet, unassuming disposition”, actively interested in sport.
  • Fatally wounded by police gunfire whilst observing a mass demonstration against the use of scab labour at Rothbury mine on 16 December 1929. His funeral was attended by a crowd of at least 7,000.
  • The coroner found that the police acted “with forbearance and restraint”.

Edgar Ross, A history of the Miners' Federation of Australia ([Sydney] 1970); information from E. Ross, 1990.

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'Brown, Norman Laurence (1900–1929)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 January 2023.

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17 August, 1900
Annandale, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


16 December, 1929 (aged 29)
Maitland, New South Wales, Australia

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