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Browne, Eyles Irwin Caulfield

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Birth Date: 24 June 1819 (Stroud, Gloucester, England)

Death Date: 17 June 1886 (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Eyles Browne and Mary (nee Irwin)

Family: Mary Ann Rebecca Morris in 1853 in Stow, England, 1 daughter

Religion: Church of England


Solicitor and practised at Bath, Gloucester and Kidderminster; Emigrated to Sydney in 1857 and practised as a solicitor in Sydney and Newcastle; Entered partnership in legal firm with Robert Little in Brisbane, 1860

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Council NONE Legislative Council 3 Jul 1863 14 Aug 1882 Retired

Additional Information

Notes: Browne, worried by the colony's precarious finances, voted for delay in building the new Parliament House, and he had little sympathy with the squatters and their constant pleas for financial help. In 1873, Browne formed the Brisbane Newspaper Co. with Gresley Lukin and W. Thornton and bought the Brisbane Courier and the Queenslander for £15,000. Lukin was editor and managing director from 1873 to 1880, when his insolvency led to a personal attack on Browne, which Browne successfully defended in the Legislative Council. Browne retained his share until 1886

Sources: Phillips, Nan, 'Browne, Eyles Irwin Caulfield (1819 - 1886)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, V.3, Melbourne University Press, 1969, pp.265-266; Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001); Brisbane Courier, 18 June 1886

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