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Brown, Richard Kidston (Dick)

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Birth Date: 1887 (Dumbarton, Scotland, United Kingdom)

Death Date: 22 January 1971 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: John Brown and Janet (nee Kidston)

Family: Lillian May Beeston on 28 October 1911, 2 sons, 3 daughters (1s, 2d dec.)

Education: South Brisbane State School

Religion: Methodist

Relationship to Politician: Brother of John Innes Brown, who was the member for Logan from 1935 to 1944


Blacksmith at his father's business, Coorparoo; Insurance inspector, 1922

Party Positions:

  1. (ALP) Life Member ALP (Gold Badge)
  2. (ALP) Member, Metropolitan District Council, ALP
  3. (ALP) Member, Oxley Federal Executive
  4. (ALP) President, Annerley Branch, ALP
  5. (ALP) Foundation member, Buranda ALP branch, 1931
  6. (ALP) President, Buranda ALP branch 33 years, 1931

Local Government Service: Alderman, Stephens Shire Council

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly ALP Buranda 3 May 1947 3 Aug 1957

Additional Information

Notes: He joined the Workers Political Organisation in 1900. Member (71 years) and President (33 years), Thompson Estate Harriers. Represented Queensland at national championships in walking. President, Queensland Life and Fire Insurance Agents Union. Althought Mr Brown was not a returned soldier, he was held in such high esteem that he was made Patron of Stephens RSL. President and Patron, Junior League of Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Club. President, Annerley and Buranda bowls clubs. The green at Buranda is known as the 'R.K. Brown Green'. Member, Loyal Prince George and Greater Southern Lodges. He was a Sunday School teacher at Annerley Methodist Church for 50 years and active in temperance work. Freemason

Sources: Queensland Parliamentary Debates, Motion of Condolence, Second session of the 39th Parliament, Vol. 256, 2 Mar 1971, pp. 2640-2642; Waterson, DB and John Arnold, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1930-1980, (Canberra: ANU Press, 1982)

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