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Thompson Brown
Martha Wright
Born August 21, 1868
Born: October 30, 1870
Died: 28 Aug 1942 Died: 8 Mar 1907
Father: Thompson BROWN Father: Robert WRIGHT
Mother: Elizabeth JACKSON Mother: Sarah Jane REED (or REID)
Married: 28 Dec 1893

THEIR ONLY KNOWN CHILD:
George Austin Thompson Brown, died 1963 in Stanhope, Victoria, Australia (see below)

Thanks to F.H..H.. King’s The History of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Vol I. (p. 608), we know that Thompson BROWN was another one of the nephews of Sir Thomas JACKSON to serve in some capacity with the HSBC. In this account, one of the staff, F.T. Koelle, remembers a trip in 1899. Thompson BROWN would have been 31 years old at the time:

...as we approached the anchorage launch after launch dashed out at us from the jetties along the harbour, until there were six launches abreast of one another at the gangway. They included the Customs, ‘Ewo’, and the B&S [Butterfield and Swire] and the Hongkong and other hotels. At last the cleanest, fastest and prettiest of all steamed up, the ‘Way-fung’ or H7SBC’s own launch which we had built a year ago. It took the seventh place in the line and discharged the distinguished party who had come to meet us: the great TJ, Chief Manager, Hawkins, sub-manager, Peter, Accountant and [A.] Coutts, sub-accountant, and Thompson Brown who is the ‘gardener’ and therefore took us through the garden across the road in front of the Bank, which is the Bank’s property and worth one million dollars, and is now full of very pretty carnations, roses, heliotrope and other flowers. We all had a cup of tea together in the drawing room ...

And thanks to Tina Staples, archivist at HSBC, we also know Thompson BROWN's employment record from the HSBC Group Archives:
1886 - Joins London office of HSBC
1890 - May, east to join Shanghai office
1891 - Tientsin (now Tianjin)
1893 - Hong Kong
1899 - Amoy (Xiamen)

Both David JACKSON and his nephew Thompson BROWN married wives whose last name was WRIGHT. They were sisters and both were daughters of Robert WRIGHT & Sarah REED.

Also, a brother R.T. WRIGHT aka Robert Thomas WRIGHT worked for the HSBC and there was a brokerage called WRIGHT & HORNBY where another nephew, Andrew Hugh Gilmore JACKSON, was employed in Hong Kong in the early 1900s. WRIGHT & HORNBY was run by another brother James Francis WRIGHT who married a nioece of Sir Thomas JACKSON, Mary MENARY.

It is probable that David JACKSON married in the Far East (his dates of employment would indicate this possibility). Is this also where BROWN met his bride to be? Inquiring minds still seek to know!

When George BROWN, a farmer in Stanhope, Victoria, Australia, died single in 1963 and leaving no will, it fell to Dorothy ROBERTSON on the BROWN side of the family to deal with the legal complications. This involved sending countless letters back and forth to lawyers to verify who had still lived on the BROWN side of the family. The estate was sizable enough that several members of our family had their hopes up (it didn't take much!), but then it turned out that there were many more surviving relatives on the WRIGHT side of the family. One of them, Richard "Micky" WRIGHT, owned Guildford Castle. In all, there were 11 cousins on the WRIGHT side: Robert T. WRIGHT, Lucy M. NEWBIGGING, Thomas B. JOHNSTON, Katheen M. WOODMAN, Sheila M. LEINSTER, Patrick G. WRIGHT, Eileen B WALLNARK, Dennis J WRIGHT. Terrence S. WRIGHT, Ethne D. WRIGHT, James T WRIGHT. I have to confess to utter ignorance on all of these names.

After the disposition of the assets, my father - David Hugh Plunkett BROWN - got a letter from one of these cousins suggesting that since they had all benefited from the Estate of George Austin Jackson BROWN (to the tune of $3,000 each) that a drinking fountain should be set up in his memory. If such a drinking fountain ever happened, it wouldn't be thanks to any generosity from the Canadian side of the family. Unbeknownst to his brother and sister, David wrote back saying that he had other things to do with the money. We can imagine the tone. The embarrassment lives on.

 

 

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