Wednesday, 5 November 2014
A new Facebook group called Family History Unplugged went live on 5th November 2014. They are a platform for airing the quirky, interesting, silly and plain weird things that we all find when researching history. They are not an advice forum for genealogical queries but exist purely for fun, interest and entertainment. I hope to be adding some of my quirky snippets about Thames and surrounds. See you there - https://www.facebook.com/groups/familyhistoryunplugged/?fref=ts
|Two of Kenneth Brown's horses listed as Melbourne Cup entries for 1873 - Hindu and Victorian. There was a third, Asteroid, not listed here. (The Empire, Sydney 18/08/1873)|
Intriguingly, I was unable to find any mention of the Brown's time in Thames or New Zealand in Australian newspaper reports or Australian information sources. All reports said the Brown's spent that year or so in Melbourne before returning to Champion Bay, ten weeks before Mary's murder.
In an eerie coincidence, Aidan Kelly, lawyer of Fremantle, WA , was working on a presentation of Kenneth's life to be given in Champion Bay, WA, at the same time I was researching my blog story.
He had noticed the appearance of the name Kenneth Brown in NZ records but didn't think it could be the same person. When he came across my just-posted blog , which was based on the story of the domestic violence against Mary Ann, the penny-dropped.
Aidan gave his talk in Champion Bay on 20 August 2014 which was reported in the Geraldton Guardian 27/08/14. His interest in Kenneth Brown had been sparked last year when he started researching a documentary on the rare, nearly extinct Australian night parrot. (Kenneth Brown had shot the type specimen in 1854.)
Kenneth was also the first Western Australian to enter the Melbourne Cup . He took his best horses Victorian, Hindu and Asteroid and trainer-jockey Henry Woolhouse.
There was a lot more to Kenneth Brown than his inglorious end and he became famous for all the wrong reasons and I am pleased to have been able to play a small part in the search for Kenneth Brown.
For more on Aidan Kellys' quest - www.matrixapprovals.com.au/02-searching-for-kenneth-brown-esq/
|Mary Ann Tindall Brown - it was "against her heart" to testify against her husband.|
|Kenneth Brown - an enigma to this day.|