Historical information

Amy Neville Brown (1882-1974) was a longlife member of the Mission to Seafarers ladies' Committees:
1910 - Amy is first mentioned in our records as LHLG branch secretary for Elsternwick. (from diaries written by her and her sister Beatrice during 1909-1913 and held at the Glen Eira Historical Society, Amy tells she attends “kirk” with Miss Godfrey about once a month and each time they go to the “Institute” afterwards.)
1918 - 1922 sees Amy as “Schools secretary” LHLG.
1933 - Miss A N Brown becomes Honorary Secretary of the LHLG.
1946 – LHLG becomes “Harbour Lights Guild”.
1949 – Dora Simpson is president of HLG & Amy Brown is Honorary Secretary.
1957 – Amy retires as Honorary Secretary of the HLG.

Other interests:
1933 - Amy founded the Victorian Aboriginal Group along with Valentine Alexa Leeper (1900-2001). She acted as Hon. Sec. to the VAG for 40 years until its winding up in 1971
8 boxes of papers related to their activities are held at the SLV under Amy’s name (with Val Leeper).
1950 - Amy was a member of the YWCA
1963 – she was president of the Agnes Benson Auxiliary of the YWCA.
Amy’s parents were Andrew Howden Brown & Catherine Marianne (Kitty) Wight. She had 2 brothers: Charles John Brown, Edward Byam Brown & 3 sisters: Jean Constance Brown (1884-1973), Catherine Philpott Brown (1886-1980), Grace *Beatrice Brown (1889-1984) who was also a member of the Mission's ladies' committee.
None of 4 sisters married, they lived all their lives in Elsternwick. Edward Byam Brown was an academic at Melbourne University rising to become Ass. Prof. of Electrical Engineering by the 1950s. He married Vera Scantlebury in 1926 – they had 2 children.

Amy’s maternal grandparents were Edward Byam Wight and Catherine Philpott. Both arrived in Melbourne in the early 1840s. Edward Wight is included on Thomas Chuck’s collage of early Victorian pioneers. Anne Jackson has written a short biography of Catherine’s brother, William Philpott, which includes a paragraph on Edward Wight.
Catherine’s youngest son, Neville Wight, became a solicitor living at Woodend. He married Grace Rutherford – Mrs Neville Wight was a member of our Executive Committee from 1929 to 1933. Neville Wight’s obituary states that “he served his articles with … the firm of Moule & Seddon”. The principal of this firm was W H Moule, well known judge and cricketer. His son, also W H Moule, was Honorary Secretary of MtSV Executive Committee for 20 years until his retirement in 1958.
was a member of the Harbour Lights Guild ( Honorary General Secretary in the 30s) then the Flying Angel League.
She passed away in September 1974. A protege and friend of the Godfreys and Ina Higgins she actively assisted in setting up school branches of LHLG and eventually became a leading member in the 1930s.


The window made by Tony Hall along with this plaque were dedicated in 1976.
Amy Neville Brown had a lifelong association with the Mission and other philanthropic and social causes.

Physical description

Small plaque mounted on wooded board.

Inscriptions & markings

In memory of Amy Brown
For her lifetime of devoted service to the Mission
26th September, 1974