James Campbell Brown (1857-1936)

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James Campbell Brown, detail from a larger image, Phoenix Foundry Apprentices with their Model Locomotive Engine, Ballarat Historical Society Collection (Cat. No. 217.80), held at the Gold Museum. Collection: Sovereign Hill Museums Association



James Campbell Brown was born 1857 in Victoria (Australia) to Robert Brown and Janet nee Baird.

James Campbell Brown served a 6-year apprenticeship at the Phoenix Foundry including the years 1876 to 1879.

In 1878, a Model Locomotive Engine was made by James Campbell Brown, who was apprenticed to the Phoenix Foundry in 1871. He built the model with his fellow apprentices Francis Henry Davis (1858-1940), Louis Ludwig Ballhausen (1857-1912), Samuel John Morgan (1856-1939) and Herman Recard Warlond (1857-1948). The steam engine was donated to the Ballarat School of Mines Museum, and is now part of the Ballarat Historical Society Collection, which is held at the Gold Museum.

Congratulations were sent from a number of Ballarat residents on Saturday to Councillor N. C. Brown upon his election as Mayor of Geelong. Councillor Brown’s father, the late Mr. J. C. Brown, was for many years connected with the now defunct Phoenix Foundry, and was one of the apprentices whose model locomotive is still in the Ballarat Museum.

James Campbell Brown died 18 December 1936 in his home "Lesmond" on Victoria Parade, Geelong (Victoria, Australia). He is buried in the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.



Robert Brown [2] married Janet Baird[3]

--1 Margaret Brown (1855-1930)[4] married UNKNOWN Gibbs

--1 James Campbell Brown (1857-1936)[5] married[6] Marion Jane Naples (1858-1933)[7]

--.--2 Charles Naples Brown (1885-1947)[8] married[9] Gwenllian Helen Cole (1886-1972)[10]

--.--2 Florence Campbell Brown (1887-1972)[11] married[12] David Anderson

--.--.--3 Robert Campbell Anderson (1912-1969)[13]

--.--.--3 David Campbell Anderson (1914-1929)[14]

--.--2 Marion Ford Brown (1894-?)[15] married[16] Harold William Charlton

--1 Ellen Kean Brown (1860-?)[17]

See also

Australian Juvenile Industrial Exhibition

Model Locomotive Engine

Phoenix Foundry



  1. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), Monday 11 October 1937, page 12.
  2. died before 03/07/1884
  3. known as Jessie
  4. born 1855 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#4235; died 1930 Preston, Victoria, Australia Reg#11439
  5. born 1857 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia; died 18/12/1936 "Jesmond", Victoria Parade, Geelong, Victoria, Australia Reg#19387; buried 19/12/1936 Geelong Eastern Cemetery, EAS-COE-01-807-361
  6. 03/07/1884 Presbyterian Church, Dean, Victoria, Australia by Rev. C. Robinson Reg#4521
  7. daughter of Charles Naples (?-1895) and Marion Duncan born 1858 Ballarat, Victoria, Australia Reg#6390; died 1933 Geelong, Victoria, Australia Reg#14229; buried 27/05/1933 Geelong Eastern Cemetery, EAS-COE-01-807-361
  8. born 1885 Geelong, Victoria, Australia Reg#25761; died 09/05/1947 Newtown, Victoria, Australia Reg#18973; buried 10/05/1947 Geelong Eastern Cemetery, EAS-COE-01-807-362
  9. 1915 Victoria, Australia Reg#9882
  10. daughter of Robert Hodgson Cole and Helen Hemsley Hake born 1886 Caulfield, Victoria, Australia Reg#24861; died 1972 Newtown, Victoria, Australia Reg#23447; buried 09/10/1972 Geelong Eastern Cemetery, EAS-LAWN-G-808-090
  11. born 1887 Geelong, Victoria, Australia Reg#28644; died 1972 Horsham, Victoria, Australia Reg#10200
  12. 1911 Victoria, Australia Reg#7207
  13. born 1912 Horsham, Victoria, Australia Reg#21250; died 1969 Newtown, Victoria, Australia Reg#22587
  14. born 1914 Horsham, Victoria, Australia Reg#4622; died 1929 Horsham, Victoria, Australia Reg#10091
  15. known as Myrna; born 1894 Geelong, Victoria, Australia Reg#3613
  16. 1925 Victoria, Australia Reg#5580
  17. born 1860 [[Buninyong, Victoria, Australia Reg#2650

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--Beth Kicinski 18:36, 26 February 2012 (EST)--CMuir 11:58, 1 March 2013 (EST)

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