Mary Wade Family

George William BrookerAge: 71 years18841955

George William Brooker

Footnote: 'Mary Wade to Us' p.160

Birth February 29, 1884 32 24

Birth of a sisterJanet Isabel Brooker
July 9, 1885 (Age 16 months)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn Brooker
December 7, 1886 (Age 2 years)
Cause: John died from Gastritis and Debility. He was attended by Dr. B.J. Newsmarch.
Note: The death informant was John's nephew W. McKenzie, who was living at Wilds Meadow. The death was registered on the 9th of December, 1886 at Robertson, NSW.
Burial of a paternal grandfatherJohn Brooker
December 9, 1886 (Age 2 years)
Note: Witnesses to the burial were C. Tildsley and A. Kirkland.
Birth of a brotherJoseph James Brooker
June 20, 1888 (Age 4 years)

Footnote: New South Wales, Australia BD&M Number 18220/1888

Birth of a sisterMary Helen Brooker
June 20, 1888 (Age 4 years)

Footnote: New South Wales, Australia BD&M Number 18221/1888

Death of a sisterMary Helen Brooker
February 8, 1892 (Age 7 years)

Footnote: New South Wales, Australia BD&M Number 11712/1892

Death of a paternal grandmotherJanet MacKenzie
May 4, 1901 (Age 17 years)
Burial of a paternal grandmotherJanet MacKenzie
May 1901 (Age 17 years)
Birth of a son
Eric George Brooker
December 27, 1913 (Age 29 years)

Birth of a daughter
Pearl Margaret Brooker
May 3, 1915 (Age 31 years)

Birth of a son
Keith William Andrew Brooker
July 6, 1917 (Age 33 years)

Birth of a daughter
Edna Doris Brooker
August 23, 1921 (Age 37 years)

Death of a fatherWilliam Brooker
April 5, 1935 (Age 51 years)
Burial of a fatherWilliam Brooker
April 7, 1935 (Age 51 years)

Obituary, The Southern Mail (Bowral, New South Wales : 1889 - 1954) Tuesday 9 April 1935 p 2 Article


It is today our painful duty to record the death of one of the most highly esteemed pioneers of the district in the person of Mr. William Brooker, the Grand Old Man of Kangaloon, as he was affectionately called by a wide circle of friends. He died at his residence, 'Forest Lodge,' Kangaloon on Friday last, at the ripe age of 83 years.

William Brooker was the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Brooker and was born at Charcoal (now Unanderra) on 28th May 1851. He came to the Kangaloon district with his parents about 1864, when the land at Kangaloon was thrown open for free selection. His father selected the property known as ' Forest Ledge,' and there the late Mr. William Brooker spent the remainder of his long life.

He married Margaret, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Yeoman, of East Kangaloon in 1882, the ceremony taking place in the Presbyterian Church at Dapto. Mrs. Brooker, two sons (Mr. G. W. Brooker of Kangaloon and Mr. J. J. Brooker of Robertson), and two daughters (Mrs. E. Morrow, of Sydney and Mrs. J. G. Noble, of Raymond Terrace) survive him.

Mr. Brooker had a keen sense of humor and a cheerful outlook upon life. He was a good friend and won the respect of all with whom he had dealings and the affection of a wide circle of friends in all walks of life. A deeply religious man, he had friends of all denominations and his benefactions knew no creed.

He took keen interest in all matters relating to the development of the district and especially in those affecting dairying and kindred industries. He was an original member of Robertson Show Society and served as committeeman and vice-president. As a mark of appreciation of his long service to the Society he was made a life member. During his long association with the Society he attended every Show with the exception of the last. His familiar figure was missed this year, illness having prevented his attending.

Mr. Brooker was one of the first shareholders in the old Berrima Co operative Company and was one of the prime movers in establishing the Kangaloon Dairy Company. He was a director of the last named company from its inception until it went into liquidation some twelve years ago. He was also one of the first share holders in the Kangaloon Transport Company and served as a director for many years.

Mr. Brooker's thoroughness was shown in connexion with the Public Hall. Not only was he one of the chief movers for the hall, but he personally collected most of the money needed to make a start with the building. He was on the committee for twenty years, during ten of which he filled the president's chair. His service to the community included membership of the Berrima Pastures Protection Board for a number of years.

Mr. Brooker was a staunch adherent of the Presbyterian Church, but worshipped at the Methodist Church at Kangaloon and took active part in the work of the church. His home was ever open to his own minister and to those of other churches.

An Appreciation. Speaking at the service at 'Forest Lodge' before the funeral. Rev. J. H. Craig, formerly in charge of the Presbyterian Church at Moss Vale, said he had known Mr. Brooker for more than thirty years. He had been his minister for eighteen years, and speaking with an intimate knowledge of the family he could say that Mr. Brooker was a man of the highest ideals, a man of strong convictions as to what was right in life, and above all a man of God. He spoke of his many happy associations with Mr. Brooker and said they should thank God that he had been spared to a ripe old age, for his life as a churchman and a citizen had been a driving force for good in the com munity.

What man woman, or child had not felt the better for meeting him? He loved sport and clean sport for sport's sake, and every thing that was clean and good in life, and his keen sense of humor had helped to lighten and brighten many hearts.

The Funeral. The funeral was largely attended by residents in all parts of the district and afforded eloquent testimony to the wide esteem in which Mr. Brooker was held by all classes and denominations.

At the graveside. Rev. J. H. Craig was assisted by Rev. H. Arnold (Anglican) and Rev. E. Wilkinson (Methodist), a fitting tribute to the breadth of his Christian sympathies. It was fitting, too, that this worthy pioneer should be laid to rest in the cemetery at East Kangaoon with its picturesque surroundings, on a bright Autumn afternoon, and amidst a vast congregation of the people amongst whom he had spent his long and useful life.

Death of a motherMargaret Youman
April 12, 1946 (Age 62 years)

Footnote: 7561/1946

Marriage of a childThomas James RowanEdna Doris BrookerView this family
January 8, 1949 (Age 64 years)
Source: 'Mary Wade to Us' P 160; New South Wales BDM 5413/1949
Death November 9, 1955 (Age 71 years)

Footnote: 32621/1955

Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: April 22, 1882Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
11 months
elder sister
11 months
16 months
younger sister
Janet Isabel Brooker
Birth: July 9, 1885 34 25Forest Lodge, Kangaloon, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 16, 1977Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger brother
younger sister
Mary Helen Brooker
Birth: June 20, 1888 37 28Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 8, 1892Robertson, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Vera Fuller - View this family
-8 years
4 years
-2 years

NameFootnote: 'Mary Wade to Us' p.160
DeathFootnote: 32621/1955