Born at the family home in Marie La Bonne Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England on 2 Jul, 1847, Harry Cornelius was our first Aussie Bray,

He arrived in Sydney with his parents on 28 July 1853 on the barque "St George".

When he married Mary Bannatyne Armitage on 22 December 1870 at St Lilas Church, Waterloo, he was a driver of a baker's carter and lived at Chippendale. With their growing family, the couple lived at Mitchell Street Glebe, then Wyndham Street Alexandria and also at a number of addresses in Redfern.

By 1901 he had purchased lots 20 and 22 Woids Avenue and Bellevue Parade Hurstville. This property was later occupied by one of his sons and has remained in family hands until recent times.

He worked as a van proprietor or carrier throughout his life.

Harry and Mary's children were:

He died on 19 September 1923 at home in Woids Avenue, aged 76 of artersclerosis, myocarditis and uraemia.


Harry Cornelius and Mary Bannatyne (Armitage) Bray
Harry Cornelius Bray


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