Alfred Bray’s grandfather, Sergeant John Bray, was granted land at Rhodes in 1794; his eldest son, Thomas, expanded the family’s property and raised his family at Braygrove, the family home. Alfred L. Bray, Thomas’ eldest son, inherited Braygrove and became a prominent landowner and businessman in the Concord-Burwood District. He served as the first mayor of the newly proclaimed Municipality of Concord.