‘Areas of Interest’ Guide: Selina Brown

(This is grave number 2F-18. These 'areas of interest' are marked on the entry signs in the cemetery.)


(FOSBC)

Selina (1873-90) was the daughter of William and Selina (nee Lovell). William Brown was the proprietor of the Plough Inn, Stanley Street, South Brisbane.

One morning in March 1890, when big floods hit Brisbane, Selina was helping to fix the furniture that had floated out into the backyard and to put smaller items out of reach of the rising flood waters. Later she was swimming in the yard with Herbert Morgan but got into trouble when she went under the water. She was recovered from the water and taken to a house where they tried in vain to revive her. Two doctors arrived soon afterwards and did all they could to restore life but without success.

The cause of death was drowning. There were no marks of violence on the body which was stated by Dr Webb at the Magisterial Inquiry. At least five people died during these floods, and hundreds were made homeless.

Plough Inn, Brisbane, 1939. (SLQ)

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