Cranbrook, Rose Bay, Australia

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  1. Ian Topham says:

    Although he did not take a
    Although he did not take a leading part in politics, Towns had been a member of the legislative council from 1856.  Following his death The Sydney Morning Herald, April 17, 1873 had the following to say about a meeting of the New South Wales Parliament Legislative Council the day previously where the members paid their respect to him. ‘Mr. Docker announced that since the last sitting of the House the Hon.Robert Towns was deceased, and that the President had directed the name of that gentleman to be struck off the list of members. Mr. Samuel, in consequence of this announcement, moved, that the House, as a mark of respect to the deceased, do now adjourn it to tomorrow (Thursday).….. Mr. Deas Thomson had the following to say ‘All knew that Captain Towns for a great number of years, had been connected with New South Wales as one of its most enterprising colonists-that -he had been largely engaged in the shipping-interest, and that his services in the House were, always extremely valuable; in reference to mercantile and marine questions…….Captain Towns had very extensive engagements in squatting and other, enterprises’. He was, in fact one of our most enterprising colonists, and the compliment now proposed was fully duo to his memory. Mr. A, Campbell said the motion had his thorough concurrence, and he wished to make a few remarks on the occasion, because he believed he had known Captain Towns as long as any member of the House and more intimately in his business relations. In paying this, tribute to his memory, he might say that, as far as his knowledge of Captain Towns’ character was concerned, no man who had ever occupied a seat in that House, was, more entitled such a mark of respect to his memory, I for upwards of thirty years had known Captain Towns in his business relations, and indeed had engaged in large and complicated transactions , with him for the greater, part, of that period. It was only right to- state that no one could point to a more truly British merchant than the hon. member whoso memory they proposed to honor’

  2. Red Don says:

    Here is a piture I found of
    Here is a piture I found of Cranbrook circa 1860 when Towns would have been the owner.