Michael Brody b.1853
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Michael Brody married Sarah Margaret Körner in Carlton on 16 February 1885. Sarah was the daughter of John Andrew Korner (Johannas Andreas Körner) who arrived from Hamburg, Germany in 1848, and his wife Bridget Looney, from County Clare. This couple had been married in St Francis’ Church, Melbourne on 10 March 1856.
Michael worked as a clerk. He and Sarah lived at 526 Station Street, North Carlton, and raised six children. Michael obviously had a passion for Australian Football (‘Aussie Rules’) and the Carlton Football Club in particular. For his work there, and as a Past Secretary of the Club, Michael was subsequently presented with an engraved gold fob watch.
Michael Brody was to pass away on 21 February 1901.
Sarah Brody survived Michael by a further 41 years. For a time she stayed at her son’s home at 1 Peers Street, Brunswick. and passed away, aged 84 years on 22 December 1942.
Michael and Sarah Brody had six children:-
Francis Bryan Brody born 19 Aug 1886, married Mary Ellen Coutts.
William Frederick Brody (Bill Brody) born 25 Jul 1888, married Margaret Marnell.
Mary Brody (Molly Brody) born 25 Jun 1890
John Andrew Brody born c1892
Christine Cathleen Brody (Chrissie) born 5 Jun 1897
Joseph Michael Brody born 5 Jun 1897, died just 10 weeks old.
Francis Bryan Brody
In 1912, at age 25, Francis married a Carlton girl, Mary Ellen Coutts. Mary was the daughter of William Coutts and his wife Mary Coutts , previously Mary Arthur. Francis was a Civil Servant in the Customs Department, and the couple made their home at 502 Canning Street, North Carlton, and later at 1 Peers Street, Brunswick.
Francis Brody took ill and died on 10 February 1931 when he was just 44 years of age.
Mary Brody lived till the wonderful age of 87 years and was no doubt an entity at the Greenvale Home for the Aged before she passed away in 1973.
Francis and Mary were stalwarts of St Brigid’s Catholic Church in Carlton, and a beautiful stained glass window at the side of the altar has an inscription, which reads:
“Presented by Francis and Mary Brody in memory of the Brody family and Catherine Casey – R.I.P”
Francis and Mary Brody were the proud parents of five sons:
Arthur Francis Brody born 2 Jun 1913
Kevin Bryan Brody born 10 Apr 1915, married Margaret Costello.
Noel Patrick Brody born 18 Mar 1917, married Kathleen McIntyre.
Joseph Brody born 1919, died same year.
John Eamon Brody (Jack Brody) born 11 Jan 1920, married Marie O'Connor.
William Frederick Brody (Bill Brody)
Bill Brody married Margaret Cecilia Marnell on 3 June 1915. Bill made his living working for the Victorian Railways, and his job took him around the State to different postings. Margaret died on 4 September 1952 at Williamstown, possibly while Bill’s railway posting was in this Melbourne suburb. She was just 66 years of age.
In later years, Bill was the Station Master at Box Hill, Melbourne. He lived to the ripe old age of 88 years and died on 12 August 1976 in Parkville. Bill and Margaret had two children:-
Bryan James Brody, born 8 Oct 1917, passed away on 12 January 1987.
Mary Veronica Brody, born 2 Jun 1919, became Mary Grieve.
Mary Brody (Molly Brody)
Molly Brody lived at 8 Peers Street, Brunswick with her younger brother John. Molly lived to the age of 71, passing away in Ormond in 1962.
John Andrew Brody
John Brody lived at 8 Peers Street, North Carlton. In his later years, John used to teach typing, and had a house full of typewriters. He died Parkville on 5 April 1964, after attaining the age of 71 years.
Christine Cathleen Brody
Chrissie Brody, a twin sister to Joseph, was devoted to music, and she was extremely talented on the piano. She studied hard to gain formal music qualifications, and became a music teacher. Chrissie shared the house at 8 Peers Street North Carlton with her brother John and sister Molly, and never married. She was a very popular member of the Brody family, and it was a great shock to them when she was taken from them at the young age of 29.
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