Milner Brown Papers

Scope and Content

There are five photographs of the construction of the Northern Uruguyan railway, two other photographs of two men in local dress, a passport for Brown, dated 1887, his contract of employment, and a number of letters home to his parents while he was working in South America. There is a balance sheet for the company for the year 1891.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hubert Milner Brown (fl 1887-1892), accountant with the Northern Uruguay Railway Co, was employed as an assistant accountant in 1887, and travelled to Uruguay. There he was in charge of paying the men building the railway, and personally had to carry the wages to them. Never was he attacked, despite the regularity of his arrivals, possibly due to the idea that he was an excellent shot.

Conditions Governing Access

Usual EUL arrangements apply

Acquisition Information

The papers were sent in January 1976 to Gudmund Stang at the Latinamerika-institutet i Stockholm, who forwarded them to the Historical Institute of the University of Trondheim in Norway, with instructions to donate them to the University of Exeter. The University of Exeter received the papers from a family member in November 1976.


The covering letter is useful for the context to the collection. A copy is included in the folder.

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Conditions Governing Use

Usual EUL arrangements apply