The Brodribb family, from which SDHB is descended, were some of the earliest settlers in Queensland. William Adams Brodribb was a lawyer from the Bristol area, who was transported in 1816 following his part in the Berkeley Affair, a feud between poachers and gamekeepers with fatalities on both sides. After his release, he continued to practise and brought up a large family in Australia. Two of his sons owned shares in the Broken Hill mines and one of them, Francis Claudius, moved to Queensland in the 1860s where he acquired significant property including a pastoral station on the Darling Downs. He and his wife Ellen brought up five children in Toowoomba, and shortly before his death he left funds to endow the Brodribb Home, which still exists today. The family moved in the higher strata of society, mixing with other influential Queenslanders. One of Brodribb's daughters married an international cricketer and another a wealthy businessman.