Vernon Ritchie Brown

(13 January 1868 - 9 August 1902)
      Helen Brown was a daughter of John (Como) Brown who was born in Marykirk Scotland in 1804 moved to Port Philip in 1838 and purchased Como House, Melbourne in 1852. He died at “Ellerslie”, Toorak in 1871. Reference: John ‘Como’ Brown by Beryl Black, published in 1991– ISBN 0646 07351 6. Vernon Ritchie Brown was born on 13 January 1868 in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. He was the son of Thomas Brown (born Tasmania 5 Nov 1829, died 27 Apriil 1891 in Melbourne) & Helen Brown (born in Tasmania 8 March 1835 died on 3 November 1870 at Bacchus Marsh).
who probably married in 1866..
     Vernon Ritchie Brown married Mary Isabel MacKenzie, daughter of Donald Thomson MacKenzie and Mary Ann Hodgson, on 6 January 1892 in 'Calrossie', Yarram, Victoria. The local newspapers reported: MARRIAGE - BROWN - McKENZIE - On the 6th of January at the residence of the brides parents "Calrossie", by Rev. James Groundwater, Vernon Ritchie Brown, son of Thomas Brown "Yallock Vale", Bacchus Marsh, to Mary Isabel, eldest daughter of Donald Thomson McKenzie "Calrossie", South Gippsland.
     MARRIAGE: An orange blossom notice over the Standard leader discloses the pleasing fact of a wedding having been solemnized at "Calrossie", Won Wron, on Wednesday last by the Reverend James Groundwater, the contracting parties being Mr. V. R. Brown and Miss Isabel McKenzie who were united in the bonds of matrimony at 9 o'clock, and, after the customary hour for refreshments and toasting, the young couple left the cosy and picturesque home of the McKenzies for Traralgon, en route for Melbourne and the honeymoon.
So enthusiastic were their friends as to rice and old slippers at parting, that the four prancing horses which were in hand by Mr. Kelsie for driving the happy couple to Traralgon, did a lively wedding caper on their own account in honour of the occasion. The Misses McKenzie and Johnson were bridesmaids, Mr. B. P. Johnson acting as best man; and rumour hath it that the gentleman just named is about to enter the united states with another fair daughter of "Calrossie". Happy signs of the times! for it was but a fortnight previously that a similar ceremony to the one performed by Mr. Groundwater on Wednesday last, engaged the attention of the Rev. F. A. White in behalf of Mr. Richard Williams and Miss S. Bland and in the language of Rip Van Winkle we would say "May they live long and prosper"
Vernon Ritchie Brown and Mary Isabel MacKenzie moved to 'Ellerslie', Jones Bay, Victoria, on 30 January 1892. The local paper reported on January 29th Mr V R Brown's yacht, the "Carlisle", left Port Albert at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in charge of Mr H Avery, and under his skillful handling made excellent passage, passing through the Lakes Entrance on Thursday morning, and reaching Cunningham at half past eight. Her destination is "Ellerslie", the new residence taken up by Mr Brown on Jones' Bay, near the mouth of the Nicholson River. The "Carlisle" and her owner will leave behind them the memory of many a pleasant excursion; and whilst we cannot help regretting the loss our social circle has sustained by Mr Browns departure, we, of course, admit that the surroundings make it a matter for congratulation and we heartily wish himself and bride all health and happiness in their new home, and doubtless amongst their pleasures of the future not the least will be some breesy trips in the bonny "Carlisle."
     Vernon died on 9 August 1902 in Eaglehawk, Victoria, aged 34. Death: The many friends of Mr & Mrs McKenzie, of "Calrossie", will regret to hear of the death of their son-in-law Mr Vernon R Brown, who died at Eaglehawk (Bendigo) on Wednesday last at 11 a.m. after two years of patient battling with that insidious disease consumption. The deceased, who was favourably known and very much respected, came to Yarram in August 1889 to fill the position of accountant in the Bank of Victoria. But a few years later on, having considerable means of his own, independent of salary, he severed his connection with the Bank and purchased a property in the Bairnsdale district, where he resided for several years, but went to Eaglehawk a few months ago.
He married the eldest daughter of Mr D T McKenzie, and has left 2 sons and a daughter to mourn his early departure; for he has been cut down in the very flower of manhood, being only 35 years of age.
Mr & Mrs McKenzie, who received the telegram on Wednesday afternoon, left by early train yesterday for Melbourne, to catch the 5.30 train to Bendigo, where the funeral will take place this afternoon.

Vernon Ritchie-brown, formerly of Paynesville, but late of Eaglehawk, died on July 9, and his will was executed on January 6, 1892. He left real estate valued at ?400 and personal estate valued at ?2371 to his widow.

Children of Vernon Ritchie Brown and Mary Isabel MacKenzie

Dr Vernon Carlisle Brown

(1893 - 1975)
     Dr Vernon Carlisle Brown was commonly known as Lisle. He was born in 1893 in Bairnsdale, Victoria. He was the son of Vernon Ritchie Brown and Mary Isabel MacKenzie.
     He lived most of his early life on a property called 'Ingalara' in the Gippsld Lakes area. He was a director of Calrossie Butter Factory.Bob Brown wrote: In his teenage years he moved with his mother to 15 Mercer Road, Malvern. It was from here that he went school at Caulfield Grammar and then to University of Melbourne to study medicine, obtaining the MB MS in December 1915. He enlisted in the army in 1916 and after basic training; he left Australia in December 1916 for service in France in 1917 and 1918, being awarded the MC and bar for two acts of conspicuous bravery. His war time diaries are available on a web site Bob Brown has put together - . In 1920 he took up a medical practice in Oakleigh and remained in the practice until 1954. Vernon was a doctor. Vernon Carlisle Brown, MC, Mb, BC, Melbourne 1916. Major Australian Army Medical Corps ....
     Dr Vernon Carlisle Brown married Dorothy Hallowes in 1919 in Victoria, Australia.
     Vernon died in 1975 in Prahran, Victoria, Australia.

Children of Dr Vernon Carlisle Brown and Dorothy Hallowes

Dorothy Hallowes

(1893 - 1973)
     Dorothy Hallowes was born in 1893.
     Dorothy Hallowes married Dr Vernon Carlisle Brown, son of Vernon Ritchie Brown and Mary Isabel MacKenzie, in 1919 in Victoria, Australia.
     Dorothy died in 1973 in Malvern, Victoria.

Children of Dorothy Hallowes and Dr Vernon Carlisle Brown