William Brown Archive
William Brown was born in Rutland, England, in 1861. In 1885 he migrated to Australia with his wife in the hope of becoming a shepherd. Instead, he worked for the railways in Queensland for many years, for part of this time in the Cloncurry and Bowen Districts in the state’s north.
In the 1930s Brown compiled three autobiographical accounts entitled: “The Early Years - 1861-1919,” “The Railway Years – 1886-1929,” and “The WW2 Years, Jan 1939-Nov 1940.” The archive also contains a 1929 diary which covers a trip to England in that year.
Archive Location: 39L
WBD/1 1929 diary of William Brown of Bowen - notebook and transcript (condition fragile)