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The monument erected over the grave commemorates William Henry Browne, Minister for Mines, who died in 1904.

A former miner, Browne helped to form a miners` union at Croydon and was successively its president and secretary. In August 1890 he contested a Legislative Assembly by-election for the two-member electorate of Burke, but John Hoolan defeated him by twenty-four votes. Still secretary of the miners` union, Browne organized financial support for the shearers during the 1891 pastoral strike.

In 1892 Burke was divided into two single-member electorates: at the election next year he won the new seat, Croydon. Though not a forceful orator, he spoke often in the House. He became secretary of the Parliamentary Labour Party but was forced to vacate the position in 1898 because of acute asthma associated with miner`s phthisis.

He became Deputy Premier and Secretary for Mines and for Public Works in the new government on 17 September 1903, but died of pneumonia and angina pectoris on 12 April 1904.

At a meeting of the W. H. Browne Memorial Fund committee on the 13th instant it was shown that after paying expenses to date there is still a balance of it is anticipated that this amount will be doubled by December next, when the fund closes. The tender of Messrs. Parsons and Payne for a monument—a rough granite boulder 6 ft. high — to be erected in Toowong Cemetery, was accepted, the price being £28 10s. The inscription on the monument will be : "In memory of William Henry Browne," with the late Labour leader's age and the date of his death.
Worker (Brisbane), 21 January 1905.

A memorial to the late Hon. W. H. Browne, M.L.A. for Croydon, and Minister for Mines and Works, was publicly unveiled yesterday in the Toowong Cemetery, where the remains of the deceased have their last resting place, says the "Brisbane Courier" of Monday last. The occasion provided one of those sadly impressive spectacles such as only can take place when people gather together to honour the memory of a departed leader or favourites, and taken in conjunction with the speeches delivered, it was a splendid tribute to the worth of the deceased. The ceremony of the unveiling was performed at 3 p.m. by the Hon. A. H. Barlow, Minister for Public Instruction, in the presence of a very large gathering, estimated at not less, than 2000 in the immediate vicinity of the grave.
Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld),  8 May 1905.

Location

Address:Frederick Street, Portion 11 Section 51 Grave 3, Toowong Cemetery, Toowong, 4066
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.4775
Long: 152.984444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Monument Manufacturer:Messrs Parsons & Payne
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 30th April, 1905
Front Inscription

                IN
        Memory Of 
  WILLIAM HENRY
        BROWNE, 
   Minister for Mines.
Died April 12, 1904.
    Aged 58 Years

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