Mrs. Sarah Ann Brook (familiarly known by the endearment of "Granny" and who was the oldest resident of the North Coast) passed away at the residence of her daughter (Mrs. L. Willersdorf) on Monday evening last, the cause of death being senile decay. The deceased had attained the wonderful age of 95 years, being born at Milford Havec, Pembrokshire (Wales) on June 3rd (King's birthday) 1831. Sixty-three years ago Mrs Brook, whose name formerly was Mrs. Clapp. and having been twice married, sailed for Australia in the schooner "Firey Star" this being this vessel's first voyage to this continent. It also proved the last, for the ship was destroyed by fire on the way home. Mr. and Mrs. Clapp landed in Moreton Bay and very shortly afterwards moved to Indooroopilly, where farming pursuits were followed. Misfortune overtook Mrs. Clapp at this place, for her husband was accidentally drowned in the Brisbane River some few years after they settled here. In later years Mrs. Clapp married the late Mr. W. Brook, who predeceased her by 19 years. In 1885 Mr. and Mrs. Brook moved to Diddlillibah, where her husband again followed primary production. On the death of her husband, she still continued to live in that locality until 1914, when she removed to Woombye, and took up residence with her daughter (Mrs. L. Willersdorf). Of kindly and generous disposition, the late Mrs. Brook, who retained her full faculties to the end, could always entertain the younger generation for hours with recollections of the many hardships, and sometimes humorous experiences, encountered in the early pioneering days when Woombye was known as "Cobbs Camp," on account it it then being a changing stage for the coaches which plied between Brisbane and Gympie. Mrs. Brook is survived by four sons, Messrs R. Brook (Narabour), J. Brook (Diddillibah), W. and E. Brook (Woombye) and two daughters, Mrs. L. Willersdorf (Woombye) and Mrs. H. E. Coulsen (Yandina). There are also 30 grand-children, a similar number of great grand-children, and one great great-grand-child. The funeral, which was well attended, moved to the Woombye cemetery on Tuesday last, the Rev de la Perrelle officiating at the graveside.
Obituary. (1926, July 23). Nambour Chronicle and North Coast Advertiser (Qld. : 1922 - 1954), p. 3. Link to TROVE
The death occurred at a late hour on July 19 at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. L. Willersdorf, Blackall-street, Woombye, of one of the old school of Queensland pioneers, in the person of Mrs. Sarah Ann Brook, at the advanced age of 95 years. Mrs. Brook was a native of Pontypridd, Wales, and arrived with her first husband, the late William Clapp, in Queensland in 1854, in the sailing ship Fiery Star, at a time when she could recall the tree stumps in Queen-street. Shortly after her arrival they selected land at Indooroopilly, and carried on farming there for a number of years, where she experienced the loss of her first husband, who was accidentally drowned in the Brisbane River. Subsequently she married William Brook (who predeceased her 20 years ago), and left to take up land in the Woombye district in 1880, selecting
land at Diddihbah, where they carried on mixed farming. Mrs. Brook had the honour of planting the first pineapple sucker in the Woombye district, one of the foremost pineapple-growing centres in Queensland today.
OBITUARY. (1926, July 31). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 9. Link to TROVE
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[] BROOK, William, parents Robert BROOK & Elizabeth MEDLEY