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Aquariana Melinda (Crossman) Brown (1879 - 1959)

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Aquariana Melinda (Quarie) Brown formerly Crossman
Born in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England, United Kingdommap
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Died in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, United Kingdommap
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Aquariana "Quarie" Melinda Brown née Crossman was born in 1879 at Tynemouth.[1] She died in 1959 in the district of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.[2]

Her unusual name must be a celebration of the fact that around the time of her birth her father got the job of aquarium custodian. The aquarium must have been the Tynemouth Aquarium and Winter Garden. This impressive structure overlooking Tynemouth Long Sands was opened in 1878 and had a marine aquarium on the second floor. It was subsequently renamed "Tynemouth Palace" and later "Tynemouth Plaza". It finally burned down in 1996, having been dilapidated for many years.

Her father died when she was less than one year old. Her mother subsequently moved to South Shields, on the other side of the mouth of the River Tyne, taking her children with her. Quarie was therefore brought up in Tynemouth and South Shields.

She married Joseph Dalton Brown in 1901 at Tynemouth.[3] They raised a family at Byker, a suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, as follows.

Joe was "wrecked" psychologically on return from the World War I trenches in 1918, although physically OK. After recuperation he became the manager of a Co-op (Co-operative Wholesale Society shop). He later had something to do with pubs. He was a natural organiser. He was also, however, given to drink – nice when sober but violent when drunk. Quarie had a lot of trouble with him.

In terms of personality, Quarie was the opposite of her sister Nelly, and "wouldn't even make you a cup of tea" – recollections of Elsie White.

Quarie died in 1959, aged c. 79.[2] It is thought that her husband outlived her.

Daughter Elsie Brown never married. She lived with her mother and father in a flat in High Heaton, near Byker, until they had both died, and continued to live there until she herself died (c. 28 June 1986 in Scotland of a heart attack, aged 71). She kept contact with cousin Elsie White to the last.


Her first name was sometimes spelled with a double-n: Aquarianna.[2]


  1. General Register Office for England and Wales index of births for 1879, September quarter (Tynemouth district, vol. 10b, p. 197).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 General Register Office for England and Wales index of deaths for 1959, March quarter (Northumberland county, Newcatle upon Tyne district, vol. 1b, p. 92).
  3. General Register Office for England and Wales index of marriages for 1901, September quarter (Tynemouth district, vol. 10b, p. 540).

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