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KATE BROWN's story

This account has been adapted from "Browns of Kyeburn Peninsula" by Wally Brown - to whom many thanks



Kate, the eldest daughter of John and Elizabeth, was born 12 January 1889, and because of the lack of job opportunities in the Naseby and Kyeburn Diggings area, went to Dunedin. Living in a small cottage in Arthur Street, she enrolled as a pupil in Rossbotham's Commercial College where her academic success soon earned he a tutorship at the same college.

In due course she met Joseph Alldred, the foreman of Nees Furniture Factory who was studing at night for a law degree, He had a keen sense of business and suggested that they start a college in competition with Rossbotham's, and so in about 1912 Brown's Commercial College was born. They married in 1915 and continued working together all their married lives. Some of their pupils acheived notable success. Kate continued working until she was 71 when her eyesight failed, and according to Sue Lugton, was always knitting socks.

Joe was fond of "flash" cars and one day he arrived at his father in law's homestead and persuaded Jack and Syd to join him in a trip to Dansey's Pass in his latest car. They didn't stop there, however, and carried on to Oamaru. When they finally arrived home in the wee hours, the search parties were out with their pack horses looking for them - Joe had short shrift from Kate's Dad!

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