The Alan Brown Collection
Now held at the Oberon Library, the Alan Brown Collection is the culmination of years of collecting and researching Oberon’s local history. Amongst the material is family history information of many local families passed on to Alan because of his interest. There are cuttings from newspapers, diaries, copies of articles, books, photos, brochures and other memorabilia.
Who was Alan Brown?
Alan and his wife Nancy came to Oberon as teachers at the Oberon High School where Alan was Head teacher of English and History. He retired from teaching in 1998 but continued his interest in collecting and researching Oberon’s history. For nearly 20 years he submitted articles on local history to the Oberon Review, and in 2007 he was awarded the honour of Oberon’s Citizen of the Year for his dedication to sharing his knowledge and research through his articles in the Review. Alan was also the author of a number of small local history booklets notably ‘Oberon in Retrospect’.
Upon his death in 2009 Nancy Brown kindly donated his collection of local history material to the Oberon Library where Friends of the Oberon Library took on the task of sorting the material so that it could be catalogued and available for public research.
Alan Brown’s Brief History of Oberon.
In recognition of Alan’s extensive writings for the Oberon Review, the Friends of the Oberon Library has obtained a Grant from the Royal Historical Society to transcribe and edit these articles into a single document. This worthwhile project remains a work in progress.
Col Roberts April 2016