Mary Baxter, aged 26 years, the daughter of Patrick Duncan Baxter and Jane Barnes married George William Brookes, aged 24 years, chainman for surveyors, son of James Brookes, seaman deceased and Emma Lines on August 19th, 1890 at the Congregational Church, Warrnambool.
    The witnesses were Ernest Davies and Alice Maud Brookes.

    George William Brookes died August 16th, 1936 aged 70 years at 65 Henna Street, Warrnambool.

    His parents
    were noted as James Brookes, seaman and Emma Brookes m.n. Lines.
    He was buried at Warrnambool Cemetery on August 17th, 1936.

    The Warrnambool Standard reported the Obituary of George Brookes as follows -:

    It was deep regret that his many friends heard of the death of Mr. George William Brookes, which occurred at his house in Henna street after a short illness, and their sympathy will go out to his widow and family of six children in the comparatively sudden loss they have sustained.

    The members of the family are -: Emma, Robert, Andrew, Alice, Ernest (deceased), Charlotte (Mrs.A.Cochrane), and Verda (Mrs.F.Lane). Evidence of the esteem in which he was held was given at the funeral which took place at the Warrnambool Cemetery yesterday afternoon when there was a large attendance of friends and acquaintances and numerous beautiful floral tributes were received, including two from the employees of the Nestles Condensery.

    The coffin bearers were Messrs. George, Norman and Colin Brookes (grandsons), Les Dodds, Frank Lane and Jack Ballinger, while the pall bearers were Robert and Andrew Brookes (sons) Alf Cochrane (son-in-law) J. Sainsbury, R. Reid and Frank Lynch.

    The Rev. E.S.Yeo of Christ Church, conducted the service at the house and grave while the mortuary arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Beattie and Phillips.

    Click here for photographs of Alice and Emma Brookes and their father George William Brookes.

    Emma Jane was born on July 9th, 1891 at 9 Park Street, North Carlton.
    Her father is shown as George William Brookes, surveyor, aged 24 years and born at St. Kilda.
    The address of George and Mary was also given as 9 Park Street, St. Kilda.

    George Brookes then took the position as manager of Glenburvie Station near Macarthur.

    Emma Jane Brookes Robert Louis Brookes Andrew Duncan Brookes Alice Mary Brookes Frederick Ernest Brookes Charlotte Irene Brookes Verda Mary Brookes
    Did not marry m.Emily m.Evelyn Did not marry. Died young m.Alf Cochrane m.Frank Lane


    Mary Brookes died 29th October, 1939, aged 76,and is buried at Warrnambool Cemetery.

    The Warrnambool Standard reported the Obituary of Mary Brookes as follows -:

    The death occurred on Sunday last at her home, 65 Henna Street, Warrnambool of Mrs. Mary Brookes, relict of the late George William Brookes.

    Deceased was a native of Penshurst, where she was born in 1863, and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. P. D. Baxter early pioneers of the Penshurst district.

    With her husband and family she made her home in Warrnambool about 30 years ago, and had resided in the city from that time.

    She was of a quiet and retiring nature, but was a most kindly person on occasions of sickness and trouble in the homes of neighbours and friends, and the announcement of her death was met with feelings of sincere regret by those who had enjoyed her friendship.

    The funeral took place at the Warrnambool Cemetery on Monday and was attended by friends and relatives.

    The coffin bearers were Messrs. George, Norman, Colin and Allan Brookes (grandsons), Frank Lane (son-in-law) and Les Dodds, and the pall was supported by Messrs. Robert and Andrew Brookes (sons), Les Loader, Frank Lynch, J.G.Sainsbury and J.Reid.

    The Rev. E.S.Yeo, Vicar of Christ Church conducted the service at the grave.
    A number of beautiful floral tributes from the management of Nestles Condensery, Nestles Employees and Social Club and other friends conveyed sympathy to the bereaved family in the loss of a devoted mother.

    The late Mr. Brookes died three years ago, and a son is also deceased.

    The surviving members of the family are -: Emma, Robert, Andrew, Alice, Charlotte (Mrs.A.Cochrane) and Verda (Mrs. F.Lane). The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Beattie and Phillips.

    Emma & Alice Brookes did not marry and continued to live at 65 Henna Street, Warrnambool.


    The following appeared in the Warrnambool Standard newspaper on November 18th, 1967.


    Well known Warrnambool charity worker, Miss Emma Brookes, died yesterday.

    Miss Brookes of Henna Street, Warrnambool, was a life Governor of Warrnambool Base Hospital and a member of Lyndoch management committee.

    She also served on a number of other committees at Lyndoch.

    Lyndoch president, Mr. S. Berlyn, said yesterday Miss Brookes was "a woman who had Lyndoch at heart."

    She was made a life governor of the hospital about 10 years ago for her work in promoting the annual children's Christmas treat, sponsored by Nestles.

    She took part in this for 30 years.

    Miss Brookes' funeral will leave for Warrnambool cemetery after a service at Christ Church, Warrnambool, at 9.45 this morning.

    Click here for photo of Brookes Family Grave at Warrnambool Cemetery.

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