Adrian, dearly loved son of Gary & Robyn, his beautiful wife Mirrabelle (nee Guiliano) and their 3 gorgeous children Eric, (8) Mathew (7) and Brielle (3) who were always full of laughter and gave us so much joy.

Love always

Nanna and Pa (Gary and Robyn Brown)

I love you all and will miss you so much.

Aunty Leanne Brown

Words can not express our anguish: to loose one is a tragedy. to loose 5 is horrific.
Eric, we will miss the way you wound up Pa. Matty, we will miss your enthusiasm and the chance to take you fishing again.
Brielle, we will miss watching you grow. Adrian and Mirri – you were wonderful parents and friends and we will miss your passion for life.

Until we meet again.
Uncle Nathan and Aunty Mel Scholes.

The Committee of the 51st Australian National Convention is in shock at the recent news of our valued Secretary, Colleague and Friend.

For such a tragedy to strike such a wonderful family is beyond comprehension.
You shall always be part of our committee and we will be putting in that extra effort on your behalf.

This one will be for You (Adrian), Mirrabelle and Family.

2010 National Convention Committee

They will always be remembered in our Square Dance Family

Victorian Square Dancing Association Inc.


Oh, what can one say at such a time?
Words can not express the loss of this wonderful family.

Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences go out to their parents Gary, Robyn, Gail & Santo and Grand Mother Marion.
To their siblings, friends and acquaintances who will all be mourning their loss.

In our household, like many others, we still have not fully accepted this tragedy.
As the days pass and reality sets in, let us all comfort each other and continue the work that this couple has started.

 Rest In Peace
Barbara & Kevin  VIC

Tim and I are deeply saddened to hear of tragic news, we saw Adrian on Saturday, and he had big smile on his face and looked as though he never had a care in the world.  I just can’t believe that this has happened.

 We were camped at the showground’s for the country music festival and saw first hand the size of the fire coming on the horizon.  Little did we know that it was going to strike Kinglake.  We left before the evacuations.

Adrian & Mirri along with the children were a fine young family, this is the most tragic loss not only to their immediate families, but also to the wider square dance community, they will be deeply missed.

 Our deepest sympathy to their families.

 Tim & Lorraine Lowry  VIC

A real loss

 Adrian & Mirrabelle have contributed more to square dancing than one could ever be envisaged in their time with us. Whilst Adrian served on many committees local, state & national, Mirrabelle was always supporting him.

They were devoted to all things which they were involved with, but it was family first, then community & square dancing. They will always be remembered for their commitment and devotion in whatever they did.

We will miss their presence at the National conventions and sharing the good times but we will always treasure those memories.

For us personally we will miss spending time with them all for the week of the National Convention and being part of the extended family.

 They will be sadly missed by us all;  

Our thoughts are with Marion, Gary, Robyn, Gail, Santo and their families

Barry & Kaye Chandler          TAS

We so sorry to hear of the tragedy our thoughts and prayers are with the families.

Joy & Ben Corney – Perth

“Our thoughts are with you and all who have been affected by this news.”

We shall be running a benefit dance on the 28th with all proceeds going o the CFA

Details soon

Colin Dandridge – Phoenix Squares  – VIC

It is with agony and heartache that I and I am sure all Square Dancers receive this very sad news, it is more than Squares Around Victoria, it is Squares Around Australia and even the world who will be saddened by this tragic news and loss of such a lovely loving family.

Likewise my prayers and condolences go to Gary, Robyn, Marion, Gail and Santo and to all those who were close to Adrian, Mirabelle and the children.

Sincerely yours,

Best regards,

  Brian L Border  – NSW

To Gary, Robyn, & Marion, our sincere condolences & thoughts are with you all on this very sad occasion. Victoria especially & the Australian Square Dance scene have lost two great ambassadors in Adrian & Mirabelle.  It is hard to come to grips that a family that has had three generations so heavily involved in this fantastic activity has had such terrible pain cast upon them. A family of five, lives cut short by this terrible event.

To Gail & Santo again our condolences & thoughts are reflected on your lives as the family bonds have been broken.

We have also posted a Vale on our website & the Square Dance Magazine:  

Thoughts & prayers from:

Susan & Jeff Seidel & Members of the “Wild Frontier” & “Kannella Squares” Square Dance Clubs South Australia.  – SA 

It is very hard to understand why this happened but it has been a terrible shock to both Jan and myself. Andrew rang us yesterday and he was un-consolable and had to be sent home from work.

We didn’t realise that Andrew and Adrian kept in contact via the internet an many occasions. He is better today but something like this can never be forgotten but maybe we can accept what has happened as the days go on.

We commend you for putting a tribute together and would like to ask if you could sent two copies to me please, one for Andrew and one for myself.

yours sincerely

Jan, Gordon, & Andrew  Hearne – NSW

To both Adrian and Mirrabelle’s families,

Our deepest and sincerest condolences. Their smiling faces will truly be missed in the square dance world. There are just not enough words to express the sadness that we all feel with this loss, but please know that we are thinking of you all during these hard times.


Diane Kilpatrick (nee Lowry) and Tim Kilpatrick. – SA

Oh Gary, Robyn and Marion – we know there is not one single thing in the world that will comfort you at this dreadful, dreadful time.  But please know that our love, strength and support are yours.

With deepest sympathy

Dawn and David Gilbert  WA

Sorry to hear of the loss of the Adrian Brown and family.


“My heart goes out to all concerned.

If there is anything I can do let me know. Lisa Harvey oxo – NSW

A sad day

Rosalind Todd  NSW

It is sad, but nice to know, that the March SAV will be dedicated to Adrian and family:

Val & I are quite upset about the whole thing as no doubt all the square dance world are.

We got the news after learning that a close friend at St. Andrews had lost everything and was lucky to get out alive after staying to try and save his home, from there the news just got worse.

We started a meeting with a minute silence for the victims last night, and are trying to arrange with the Red Cross or the Salvo’s to help with fire victims collection tins for the Yarraville Festival net Saturday.

Also Philip & Sue Whyte have closed their club tonight as a result.

To Marion, Gary, Robyn, Gail, Santo and your families,Our very deepest sympathy on the tragic loss of your loved ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Regards from Val & Arthur Greelish VIC

Our thoughts and prayers are with Garry, Robyn, Marion, Gail and Santo as they mourn their loss of this loving family.

May the peace of God ease their pain.

Pauline & Alan Hansford,  NSW

To Gary, Robyn, Marion, Gail, Santo and their respective families

 It was with great sadness yesterday that we heard of the passing of Adrian, Mirrabelle, Eric, Matthew and Brielle. Our sincere condolences go out to all of you there are no words that can describe what you are going through please know our love thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time,

 With love Alison and Jessica Herron – VIC

My condolences to the family of Adrian & Mirribelle, Eric, Matthew &Brielle Brown. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

 Steve Trippett

To Adrian’s and Mirrabelle’s Families,

 What can one say at this time of great loss to both of you our thoughts and prayers are with you both as you try and cope with this sudden loss of a fine family who will be greatly missed both by myself and the Square dance family

Stay Safe Mark and Karen – VIC


 There are not enough words to express our condolences to the Brown Family on the loss of their beautiful young family in such tragic circumstances.
All our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.

Frank and Joan Kennedy – VIC

With memories of Mirribelle as a baby and Adrian from his teens it is hard to accept such a sad loss to the families and Australian Square Dancing.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Gail, Santo, Gary, Robyn and Marion.

 Bruce and Arrie Clark – NSW

To Gary & Robyn, Marion, Santo & Gail & Families

 Our hearts go out to you, words cannot describe our feelings re the lost of Adrian, Mirri, Eric, Matthew & Brielle.
 They will be forever remembered.

Ian (Willow), Leanne, David & Matthew Williamson  – QLD

Ed and Sarah Morris and family would like to extend their condolences to the family and friends of Adrian and Mirribelle Brown. They will be greatly missed by the square dance community.

This is an inconceivable tragedy. – VIC

Hello fellow square dancers,

 The SDSWA give condolences on behalf of all our members to family and friends.
 Our society secretary is in the process of formally conveying this information to affiliated clubs and contacts.

 Kind regards,
Steve Longwood
President  – WA

We were deeply shocked to hear the tragic news of the passing of Adrian and his family.
Our prayers and condolences go out to both families, at this sad time.

 Dawn Klibbe, Anita & Alana    
Mackay & District Square Dancing Club Grand Square Australia Inc. – QLD

I came across, quite accidentally, names and photos I didn’t want to find. 
To Adrian’s family and friends, we cannot imagine how you are feeling, but our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the families who have been touched by this devastation of life and livelihood.                        

Dawn. Island 8’s  – VIC

Allabout Squares extends its heartfelt condolences to the families of Adrian and Mirribelle on their tragic loss.
A wonderful family who will be greatly missed.  Adrian was an absolute pleasure to deal with in regard to the SAV.

Andrea, Jeff & James – SA

The Pine City Twirlers committee and members would like to express their deepest sympathy to the family of Adrian Brown and to all members of VSDA.  This is a very sad loss and one that will remain with us all for a long time  –

Pine City Twirlers – Mt Gambier  –  SA

Hi folks

I see that many clubs have now set dates to conduct memorial dances.   Whilst this is a wonderful idea I trust that consideration is given to not encroaching on other club nights/events.   Whatever money you raise and donate will be most gratefully received;  the amount  does not need to be a ‘measuring stick’.   PLEASE do not make this a ‘fundraising competition’. 

 Adrian and Mirrabelle were the least egotistical, competitive people I have met and we need to remember this. 

 When you hold your minute’s silence, why not make a circle/circles, put your arms around each other,  and in that minute you share together as one, united for the same reason, either send a prayer, send your love by ESP,  or your energy to the memory of this beautiful family and especially to their grieving families both in Victoria and the ACT.   None of us can comprehend the sadness and despair these families are experiencing.

 Carol Simondson  – VIC

To Gary and Robyn and family.

 Words can’t express the absolute disbelief at the Tragedy that has taken place and the devastating  loss that you must be feeling. My deepest condolences to your Family at this time.
  I have a video of the 1991 Melbourne convention with, Marion, Gary, Robyn and Adrian on Stage in happier Times.                                                                          

 Take care and My deepest Sympathies.
 Roger Lloyd  – WA

All of us here in Merimbula were deeply saddened at the tragic loss of Adrian, Mirabelle & family. We know Gail & Santo more of course, living closer to them and having known them for many years. They, and the rest of the family, must be devastated.

Kevin, Thanks for taking on this task.

 Our thoughts are with you all down in Victoria.

 Regards –
Pam and George Pitt – NSW

To the Brown & Guiliano families.

 Our heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with you for this tragic loss.

 From Tony and Mary

    Crossroads Club  – VIC

Gary, Robyn, Marion & Family

How shocked and saddened we were to hear of your terrible loss. Our thoughts go out to you all.

 Dulcie, Bruce, Kathy, Darren, Melissa, Lachlan, Paul, Simone Rushton & All the Speewa Country Square Dancers.  – VIC

Our very deepest sympathy goes out to you and the families and friends of Adrian, Mirrabelle, Eric, Matthew and Brielle,
It is a tragic lost to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Also to all the other lives lost to these awful fires.

Bruce, Marjorie and family,
Geebung QLD

We have nothing but the fondest memories of Marion, Eric, Gary, Robyn and their beloved son Adrian.  Even though we are so far away now, because of our very close relationship with Ian and Leanne Williamson, we have remained in touch with the square dance world in the eastern states.

 Our thoughts are with you all in this tragic, senseless time.

 Dawn  WA

Hello Kevin,

 Our little group at Naracoorte SA was not on your email listing sent out on Monday.  We are extremely saddened at tragic loss of fellow dancers.

 Chris Bath and Alan Hall 
Pine City Twirlers Naracoorte  –  SA

We Square & Round Dancers in Christchurch New Zealand  Extend our Condolences to the Brown family & to all who have lost loved ones in the Bush Fire Tragedy.  We are arranging a Charity

Dance in CH. CH. to do what little we can, is there some group we can send our donation to that you might recommend, or should we send via Red Cross over here.

 We are all thinking about you all at this time and would like to helpin any way we can.

 Yellow Rocks All Round

  Bill & Vin
Cross Trailers Square & Round Dance Club  – NZ

A beautiful family who will be sadly missed but not forgotten
Our deepest sympathy to the Brown and Guiliano families

Ralph, Lynn and Dancers of Chemistry Sets  – VIC

We have spent many Australian National Conventions with Adrian and the extended family and still can not believe this tragedy has happened.

Our prayers and sympathies go out to all .

Elizabeth and Arthur Beard – NZ

The Pine City Twirlers committee and members would like to express their deepest sympathy to the family of Adrian Brown and to all members of VSDA.

This is a very sad loss and one that will remain with us all for a long time.  –
Pine City Twirlers –  SA

Our thoughts and condolences reach out to the families of Adrian and Mirrabelle at this tragic time.

We were with Adrian on that terrible Saturday, he was doing what he always did with enthusiasm, helping to promote Square Dancing at the Whittlesea Festival. The whole of Burra Squares is in deep shock at the loss of our wonderful dancing family. they will be in our hearts forever.

Neil & Jean Wynn and all at Burra Squares.

We were all shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Adrian, Mirrabelle, Eric, Matthew and Brielle.
Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with the Brown and Guiliano Families.

 Kelly Country Square Dancers

Glenrowan, – VIC

We have all been saddened by the tragedy of the devastating bush fires.

Our deepest sympathy to Gary, Robyn and Marion Brown and their families on the loss, Adrian, Mirabelle and their young children.  The devastation of these fires has affected us all in some way.

Adrian was loved by so many for his dedicated work in the Square Dance Movement, and his caring and lovely manner in dealing with people.  This young family will be sadly missed.

Sunnyside Dancers – VIC

Adrian, Mirrabelle, Eric, Matthew and Brielle Brown

Words do not quite express the sadness we are all experiencing at this time.   Two beautiful young adults and their three delightful children taken when they had so much ahead, so much to live for.    Adrian and Mirrabelle were, to us all, the future of our great hobby of dancing.

The scales of Life are very hard to balance at this time.  

One could only imagine at what age we would have seen Eric, Matthew and Brielle on the dance floor.  We had already had a taste of their willingness to participate at the Conventions they attended.

It was a pleasure to work with Adrian.  He was the quiet achiever;  fair, understanding and accommodating at all times.   The RDAV worked in unison with Adrian and found him, at all times to be a most supportive and competent person.  Nothing was ever too much trouble for Adrian.    It was a pleasure to know and work with him.

Mirrabelle, a lovely natural lady, thoroughly enjoyed her round dancing and it was lovely to see Mother and daughter round dancing together at Conventions. 

Mirrabelle and Adrian loved their dancing, but their priority was their family and dancing took second place to family commitments.

The RDAV, Executive Committee and members, expresses sadness and despair at the tragic loss of this fine family.  To the families left to grieve, Robyn, Gary, Mel, Leanne, Marion, Gail, Santo and their extended families, we unite as one to send our love, prayers and hope that, in time, your broken hearts will mend and your wonderful memories will take you forward.

 The RDAV Executive Committee and Members. – VIC

The loss of such a young and dedicated Committee member as Adrian Brown is devastating to our dancing community and the tragic loss of his wife and young family in addition is almost too much to comprehend. We send our deepest condolences to the Gary, Robyn and family. Marion, Santo and Gail.        

Maureen and Philip Venn.   –  VIC

Our sincere condolences to the families of Adrian, Mirrabelle, Eric, Matthew & Brielle Brown for the tragic loss of your beloved children & grandchildren & great grandchildren.

 from the 50th Australian National Square Dance Convention Committee  –  WA

Australian square dancers are mourning the tragic loss of  Adrian, Mirrabelle, Eric, Matthew & Brielle Brown.

Our deepest sympathy to Gary, Robyn, Marion, Gail, Santo and families.
Their memories will remain within our hearts forever.

 The Board of Australian National Conventions  –  AU

It is with Honour and Respect that we mourn the loss of Adrian & Mirrabelle Brown and their 3 children, Eric, Matthew and Brielle.

We had known Adrian for just short of 30 years when our involvement in square dancing first began to snowball in an official capacity.  Particularly leading up to a convention, we attended meetings at Gary & Robyn’s and it was right from then that we understood what a loving and caring family they belonged to.

I remember thinking what a sweet couple Mirrabelle and Adrian made and how delighted Gary & Robyn and Santo & Gail must have been that their children had found love inside their square dance world.

It was during a convention that the big announcement was made – It’s a BOY!   Eric Brown, named after Adrian’s grandfather.  The hall erupted in cheers.

It seemed like no time before Matthew arrived and then Brielle. What a pretty name.

Adrian worked hard to follow in Gary’s footsteps within the square dance world and Mirri was always quietly there in the ground cheering him on with the children.

No words can express the sadness we all feel for Gary, Robyn, Leanne and Melanie, Santo & Gail, Marion and both extended families.

May they rest in peace.

Howard & Brenda Cockburn, family and dancers. – VIC

Our thoughts are with both the Brown and Guiliano families on the very sad and sudden tragic passing of Adrian and Mirrabelle Brown and their 3 treasured children Eric, Matthew and Brielle.

They were such a beautiful gentle natured family and will be very sadly missed by all of us in the World of Square Dancing.

Sharon Lacey & Diamond Valley Square Dance Club – VIC

The reality of the tragic loss of Adrian, Mirrabelle, Eric, Matthew and Brielle Brown is still difficult to come to terms with.

These things should never happen to good people. Not only will they leave a hole in the square dance community but they also leave a hole in our hearts.
To their loved ones they leave behind – Gary, Robyn, Marion and family – our heartfelt condolences.
Working with Adrian was always a pleasure.
Never an unkind word.
Always dedicated to what he did.
Always the best that he could be.
Always in our memories in the years to come.
Always be missed.

Mike Davey.
Victorian Callers Association Inc  – VIC

We wish to join the Square Dance fraternity in expressing our sincere condolences to the Brown & Guiliano families at their tragic loss. We hope that they are aware that our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Westgate & Newport Dancers – VIC


 To say that our thoughts and sympathy goes out to the parents and friends of Adrian and Mirrabelle at this devastating time is just not enough.

To lose two such lovely people and their three wonderful children in such awful circumstances are at the hearts of everyone.


Telling my children that Eric Matthew and Brielle Brown had perished in the bushfires was a very difficult task.

This poem is essentially the conversations I had with one of my children.  The thoughtful silences and tears can be put in by the reader.

              Always Remember

“Eric and Matthew were in the fires”

“Oh, did they survive?”

“No”  “What, even the Baby?”

“No, even the baby has died.”

“Why didn’t they jump out the window?”

“The fire was outside.”

“Well, what could they do?”

“Nothing – there was no place to hide.”

“But I will miss them Mummy,

In crèche they were my friends.”

“I know – but what we must do

Is always remember them.”

Janice Alexander

 The Australian Callers Federation would like to add our condolence on behalf of Callers everywhere.


Words just can not express the agony that those who are left behind have to endure.
We are just so sorry.

Nev & Bev and the Mclachlans, 
Suncoasters, Bar-K/Circle W dancers – Qld

The club of Golden Squares would like to pass there warm condolences.
To the families and friends of Adrian, Mirabella and there children.

We have had the fortune of knowing them for many years.
Their involvement with conventions, crèche, and of course Adrian as our SAV Editor has been wonderful. 
We will always have  special memories of them when dancing.

Graham & Diane Jameson

We sadly express our sincere condolences to Marion, Robyn & Gary, Gail & Santo and their families on their tragic loss. We fondly remember Adrian as a very young boy at dances, the days when Adrian aged around 14-16 would visit our home, and our friendship continued through the years when we would catch up again at functions and conventions.

He always had a smile on his face and a hug to share.  We also remember Mirrabelle as a little girl, watching her grow into a lovely young lady.

We remember each of their children being born and Adrian & Mirrabelle being very proud parents. It is beyond comprehension that all of them can be lost so unexpectedly. With our strong cherished memories, they will never be forgotten.   

 Sue & Phillip Whyte – VIC

Oh my goodness, I am shocked.  How dreadful – what a horrible death – oh God, I am at a loss for words.  Truly, truly saddened by the news.

I am so sorry that the square dancers have lost such a lovely family from their ranksLinda & Charles Micallef

Sweethearts Danceworld

On behalf of Sandra and myself and the Executive of the National Square Dance Society of Australia, our deepest sympathy is extended to Santo and Gail Guiliano and family, and Gary and Robyn Brown and family for their tragic loss.

Adrian and Mirrabelle and their family will be sadly missed by square dancers all around Australia.

 Leighton Bloomfield
National Square Dance Society of Australia Inc

To both Adrian and Mirrabelle’s family and squaredance friends,

For some time, we have followed the television and newspapers about all the bush fires raging in Australia, which we seem as very sad and tragic. Even more; because it came so close to us last Sunday morning in our local newspaper, we was reading their names, as we did a few days before from the TAWS;  Adrian & Mirribelle Brown, and their 3 children had died in the flames of Kinglake. We would like to bring our condolences to the family. We are deeply shocked.

We like up on the initiative, when we experienced that the Essendon- and Phoenix Squares arrange charity dances. We can’t unfortunately attend; the distance you know. Instead we have donated a small amount through them. Since we live and breathe for the square dancing we like it better, and feel, that the money would do more good in this manner, because we are convinced of the good deed on our hobbies, square dance, friendship set to music, instead of giving to any other collection here in Denmark.

We are a married couple from Denmark/Sweden that have been dancing squaredance for many years. We hope to see some of you on our holiday  in Australia in a few months – maybe you are attending the 50th?

 Traveling Allover With Squaredancers, this year planning for 5 weeks of holiday in June in Australia.


Jarl & Åse Pritchett

Copenhagen  Denmark

To Gail, Santo, Gary, Robyn and Marion

 Our Thoughts are with you at this time

Janet & Frank Cook
Stradbroke Squares and Rosedale Rounds – VIC

To Brown & Guiliano families,

We were shocked to hear of the tragic loss of Adrian, Mirrabelle, Eric, Matthew & Brielle in such incomprehensible circumstances.
We had got to know Adrian & Mirrabelle over the past three conventions. We felt a real connection to them by their down to earth view of everything, their honesty, helpfulness, approachability and enthusiasm for life & square dancing. To have met them was our privilege. To lose them to soon is everyone’s loss.

 They will be greatly missed.
Patricia & Peter Watson,  W.A.

To the Guiliano & Brown  families.

 My heartfelt sympathy and thoughts are with you for this tragic loss.

 Jenny Pekin
Canberra A.C.T.

Dear Kevin,

              I just read the tribute SAV issue to Adrian and Mirrabelle; and i would like to say that I feel you did a great job under such circumstances.

As someone who had known them for many years through square dancing I was very shocked and deeply saddened to hear of their passing and that of their children so tragically.

I can say that I had the privilege of attending their wedding some years ago, and I have fond memories of that joyous day.

To their families I extend the deepest sympathies of my family from here in Michigan, USA.

I also pass on those from people here in the local community in which I live.

We all hold everyone in our thoughts and prayers; especially the Brown and Guiliano families at this time. Once again I applaud you Kevin for the job you did in handling what I am sure was a difficult SAV issue to do.

God bless,

Kim Laird (Atkins),
Scott and Isabella laird – Michigan, USA.

 Pictures from Christmas New Horizons Playgroup December 2008.   Mirrabelle bought presents for all the children and wrapped them and put them under the tree… that was her nature so kind, and caring.

 I knew Mirrabelle and Brielle from the New Horizons Playgroup which Mirrabelle ran and organised so well, she always had a craft going for the kids and sat down and taught them how to do it… I remember the time she sat down and made scones with the kids, I thought she was so keen, the kids really enjoyed it.

She welcomed our Mothers Group in, and made it such a nice place for us to get together and enjoy the children playing.   We really miss her and Brielle and will never forget her kindness and smiling happy face, she was always so happy.

Brielle was such a confident little girl, and Mirrabelle said it was because she had two older brothers so she had to stand up for herself, she became very fond of the new babies that were born late last year and always wanted a cuddle.

We all really miss them both, and are devastated for the loss of the family.

Our sincere condolences to their family and friends. 

Linda and all the mums and kids at New Horizons Playgroup

Sadly we have not been able to find the photos mentioned in this message. If you do have copies we would gladly publish them here