Biographical entry Brake, John (1890 - 1970)
- 11 November 1890
Horsham, Victoria, Australia
- 16 May 1970
- Agriculturalist, Soldier and sportsman
John Brake graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in 1916. In 1915 he joined the Department of Agriculture and enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force later than year. He served on the Western Front and he is claimed to have been one of the Australians who lifted Baron von Richthofen from his destroyed airplane. He rejoined the Department of Agriculture in 1924. In 1926 he was appointed senior inspector and in 1934 an agricultural superintendent. Brake was remobilised in 1940 in the Royal Australian Artillery and commanded the Melbourne University Rifles. As superintendent, Blake's department developed improved cultivation methods and techniques. He chaired the Fames Competition Association for twenty years. He became president of the Victorian branch of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science in 1938.
- Serle, Geoffrey, 'Brake, John (1890-1970), Agriculturist, Sportsman and Soldier', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 248-249. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A130279b.htm. Details
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