Westbrook, Brownlow James (1846-1912)


Brownlow was born in January 1846 at Portsea, Hampshire, to parents Brownlow Westbrook, a coach maker & joiner (1851) and PM local preacher (1861), and Harriet James. He was baptised on 15 February 1846 at St Mary’s, Portsea.

Before entering the ministry Brownlow worked as a coach maker (1861).

Brownlow was president of the New Zealand Conference in 1878.

In 1879 he transferred to the Presbyterian ministry (McDonald Dictionary Record, Caterbury Museum).

He married Mary Giles (1843-1908) in early 1872 in the Portsea island Registration District, Hampshire. Family trees on ancestry.com suggest they had nine children.

Brownlow died on 17 July 1912 at Christchurch, New Zealand.


  • 1868 St Albans
  • 1869 Eynesbury
  • 1871 Portsmouth
  • 1872 Invercargill – New Zealand
  • 1874 Christchurch
  • 1877 Auckland II
  • 1878 Ashburton
  • 1880 disappears


W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

Note: Most records spell the forename “Brownlow”, although some record the name as “Brownley”.

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