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Two Grandfathers, Should Have Been For Me

Frances Maria Preston (1834–?)

Frances Maria Preston was the fifth daughter of Joseph and Sarah, and the first to be born in Hobart. Initially a dressmaker like her mother, Frances married William Freeman Brownell in 1854.

Frances and William Brownell had a family of thirteen children, though their first and last both died in infancy. In 1877 the family moved to a property in Moonah called Leura.

William had trained as a draper under the Quaker, humanitarian and shopkeeper George Washington Walker, and eventually took over the London Drapery Mart in Liverpool Street, Hobart. By the time William retired in 1888 he had built up a prosperous draper business, and the enterprise passed to his sons.

Mr W. F. [William Freeman] Brownell, as photographed for his Season Ticket Holder’s pass for the Tasmanian International Exhibition 1894–95.
Mr W. F. [William Freeman] Brownell, as photographed for his Season Ticket Holder’s pass for the Tasmanian International Exhibition 1894–95.

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