George Laidlaw Brown


George Laidlaw Brown
was born about 1878 in Jedburgh, Roxburgh, Scotland, where his parents, William (a weaver) and Jean (née Laidlaw) Brown, were married on 28 December 1866. He came to Australia about 1911 and before coming to Queensland spent a short time in Wagga Wagga. Never married, George died on 30 November 1918 and was buried in God’s Acre on the same day. On his death certificate, the informant of his demise is given as George Tait, friend, Cooper’s Plains. The Reverend FE Adams of the Cooper’s Plains Congregational Church conducted the burial service of which GS Priest and A Heaton were official witnesses.

The deceased was an active member of this church. At its AGM, with the Reverend FE Adams presiding, ‘It was decided to place on record the loss the church had sustained in the death of Mr. George Laidlaw Brown, and its deep appreciation of his work as treasurer’.

In the years prior to his death from phthisis and exhaustion George Laidlaw Brown was, according to the Queensland Post Office Directory, a poultry farmer at Acacia Ridge. He lived with George and Maggie Tait and was the godfather of one of their children—Laidlaw Brown Tait. Laidlaw’s brother, Charles Pillar Tait (b. 28 May 1915; d. 15 June 1915), is also buried in God’s Acre.