Burial register ID: 14555
Surname: BROWN
First name: STEPHEN
Middle names: NOBLE
Gender: Male
Age: 83 Years
Cause of death: Unknown
Burial type:
Date of death: 20-Sep-1927
Date of burial: 22-Sep-1927

Block: 86
Plot: 36

Bio contributor:

Stephen Noble Brown (1844-1927)

Stephen Noble Brown was born in Glasgow in 1844 and arrived at Port Chalmers on the Lady Egidia in January 1861. After joining the goldrush to Gabriel’s Gully, he went to Invercargill where he joined the staff of the Invercargill Times.

Brown married Margaret Sloan in 1870 and had a family of six daughters and two sons.

In 1875 he purchased the Cromwell Argus, which he controlled for a period of twelve years, at the end of which, he moved to Dunedin and commenced business as a printer. With his family he settled at his home Oreti on the lower corner of Brownville Crescent and Highgate ca. 1894 and became very committed to the affairs of the Maori Hill district. Brownville Crescent was named after him. The first Chairman of the Maori Hill School Committee, a position he held for twenty years, Brown was Mayor of Maori Hill from 1906-1908 and also served as a borough councillor. A founding member and vice-president of the Balmacewen Bowling, Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, he was also a familiar and popular figure on the bowling green. Brown also served as Chairman of the Maori Hill Fire Board for seven years and was involved in many facets of the suburb’s development during the most progressive period in the Borough’s history.

When he died at his home in Maori Hill in 1927, Stephen Brown was one of the suburb’s best-known residents. His daughter Miss Jane Katherine Brown was a teacher at Maori Hill School from 1907-1925.

Reference: Above the Belt: a History of the suburb of Maori Hill by Jane Smallfield and Brian Heenan (for the Maori Hill Charitable Trust), Otago Uni Print 2006.

There are 4 Interments in this grave:

Surname First names Age Date of death Date of burial
BEDFORD HARRY DODGSHUN 40 Years 17-Feb-1918 25-Feb-1918
BROWN BERTHA NOBLE 3 Years 13-Apr-1890 15-Apr-1890
BROWN MARGARET 76 Years 12-Jun-1923 14-Jun-1923
BROWN STEPHEN NOBLE 83 Years 20-Sep-1927 22-Sep-1927