Brewster Family - F93

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Brewster Family
John and Anne - F93
Marriage 20 Aug 1849
Name John Brewster
Lived Abt 1827 – 18 Oct 1870
Name Anne Cameron
Lived Abt 1828 – 16 Dec 1878
Voyage to Adelaide in 1867
Under command of Captain John Bruce
Departure port London
Departure date 25th July 1867
Arrival port Semaphore
Arrival date 12th October 1867
Voyage duration 79 days
Port of Call
Port of call Plymouth
Arrival 29th July 1867
Departure 29th July 1867

John and Ann Brewster

John Brewster was born in Scotland about 1827, the son of John Brewster snr. In August 1849 he married Ann Cameron, who was a year younger, at Scone in Perthshire.

Identified in the newspaper report as Mr & Mrs Brewster, they migrated to South Australia on the City of Adelaide in 1867 with John’s younger brother Robert Brewster, and their three years old niece Mary Ann Cameron. They set up a household together, residing in Kapunda. After John died there in October 1870, and his widow “Annie” died in December 1878, Robert was left with the care of Mary Ann.

Robert Brewster

Robert Brewster, John’s younger brother, had been born about 1840. He opened a general store on the corner of Main and Tod Streets, Kapunda in late 1869. Robert married Mary Harris McClaren in December 1881 at her family home in Kapunda.

Mary had been born in Scotland in 1852 and came to Australia with her parents Mr & Mrs Peter McLaren (farm workers) in 1854 on the William Hammond. The McLarens lived in Adelaide for a few years, then moved to Kapunda where Mary resided for the rest of her life. She was connected with the Congregational Church from childhood, and acted as the organist for many years prior to her marriage. She always took a keen interest in church work and was a deaconess for some years until her death. A member of the local croquet club, and president at one stage, she was still playing in her 70s.

Robert died aged 50 in June 1890, when he was being cared for at his niece’s home in Rose Park. His widow Mary continued as the storekeeper until 1902, with Robert Fisher managing the Kapunda business for a time after Robert's death. Mary Harris Brewster died at her home on High Street in January 1931 at the age of 78 after a long illness.

Mary was survived by four of their five children, all born in Kapunda – Jessie 1883, John 1885, William 1888 and Alice 1890. Robert Brewster jnr (1886-1917) had been killed in France while serving with the A.I.F.

Mary Ann Cameron

Mary Ann Cameron was born in November 1864 at Perth, Perthshire in Scotland, a daughter of Alexander Cameron (Ann’s brother) and Betsy Summers. As a small child in 1867, she was taken to live in South Australia by her uncle and aunt. In March 1886 at the home of her guardian Robert Brewster in Kapunda she married William Walter Warren, born June 1859 in Adelaide, a son of Charles Warren.

In October 1886 the couple purchased a house in Hewitt Avenue, Rose Park, and Mary Ann called it 'Blair Athol'. (The village of Blair Athol in Scotland is about 50 km from her birthplace in Perth.) Their four children were born at Rose Park - Charles Herbert 1886, Alwyn Gowrie 1889, and twins, Cedric Brewster and Viola Mitchell 1891.

In January 1905 William and Mary Ann purchased part of section 355, Hundred of Yatala (now part of Adelaide’s inner northern suburbs) from the executors of the late Thomas Magarey and changed the name of the large family home on that property to 'Blair Athol House'.

Mary Ann Warren née Cameron died there in May 1911 aged 46.

Her husband was closely associated with the horse racing industry and 'Aurifer', the winner of the 1913 Caulfield Cup, came from the stud of W.W. Warren, Blair Athol, Enfield. The Adelaide suburb now carrying the name Blair Athol was created on sections 354 and 355 by their sons, Alwyn G. Warren, stud manager and Cedric B. Warren, clerk in 1915.

Dreaming of a Winner

In 1913, a non-betting friend told Melbourne businessman Albert Coppell of his dream that No 5, ‘Aurifer’ would win the Caulfield Cup and No 8, ‘Posinatus’ would win the Melbourne Cup. That night Albert had the same dream. He told his bookmaker friend, Sol Green, who scoffed at him and said "If you want to rely on dreams to pick the winners and waste your money, I'll bet you 600/1 on the double."

Neither of the horses had done much during 1913. The owners had discarded the idea of making the trip to Melbourne, but Albert Coppell wrote to the owners and persuaded them to take their horses. He even helped them finance the trip. Both horses won, and Coppell had backed the double to win £36,000 for an outlay of £60.



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