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Peter Brown (1858–1927)

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Peter Brown (1858-1927) locomotive engine driver, trade unionist 

Birth: 7 September 1858 at Kildare, Geelong, Victoria, son of Scottish-born parents George Brown, labourer and later railway inspector, and Jemima, née Croockston. Marriage: 1878 in Benalla, Victoria, to Elizabeth Thomas. They had four daughters and six sons. Death: 31 May 1927 in Melbourne Hospital. 

  • 1874 joined Victorian Railways as cleaner. 1880 appointed driver.
  • Took prominent part in 1903 strike. Discharged for being ‘undesirable’ and denied pension rights.
  • Qualified as mining engine driver, employed by Freehold Gold Mining Co., later H.V. McKay, Sunshine, where again engine driver, and granted pension for life by McKay. Locomotive engine driver for 47 years.
  • Cause of death cardiac failure.

Sources
The Footplate
, 6 August 1927.

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'Brown, Peter (1858–1927)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://labouraustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/brown-peter-32263/text39923, accessed 2 March 2024.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

7 September, 1858
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Death

31 May, 1927 (aged 68)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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