Aaron Brown

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Aaron Brown built the St George Hotel at 618 Canterbury Road on the corner of Kingsgrove Road, Belmore, which was then considered one of the finest residential hotels in any of Sydney's suburbs.

Born in 1844 at Fordham, an old village near Cambridge in the heart of Kent, Brown arrived with his parents in Sydney in the ship "Plantagenet" in 1857.. After residing at Balmain until 1864, Mr Brown Senr. took up land at Belmore, the whole of which in those days was heavily timbered, and after clearing it and building his home, commenced market gardening.The old farm house was built approximately at what is now the intersection of Platts Ave and Rodd Streets.

Aaron Brown took the keenest interest in local affairs, and performed yeoman service in securing the construction of the railway from Sydenham to Belmore, and the extension of the city water supply.

Brown died at Belmore on Monday the 17th May 1926. He is buried at St Pauls Canterbury.

References

"Aaron Brown", The Alert, ca 1926/7. Held in Campsie Library Local History Collection Files