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Underwood, Sydney Edward (1846–1925)

Captain Sydney Edward Underwood, chairman of the local Board of Agriculture, of the Fruit Board, and of the Derwent Valley Fruit-growers' Association, "Atherfield", New Norfolk, is a native of London, and the eldest son of the late Captain Edward Underwood, of the Royal Navy. he was educated at Rugby, at Bruce Castle, King's College, London and the University of London; also at the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, and at St. Omer College, Normandy. On completing his education he immediately entered the army, purchasing a commission in the 16th Lancers, from which he exchanged later on to the 82nd Regiment, then stationed at Jullundhur, Punjaub, India. Captain Underwood was 12 years in the army, and during that time saw active service in Abysinnia. Captain Underwood sold out from the army in 1870, and, coming to the colonies, took up his residence in Sydney, where for a time he managed the Underwood Estate, about which there was considerable litigation. He came to Tasmania in 1879 and settled at New Norfolk, where he entered upon fruit-growing, and has since taken a great interest in the industry. He has an apple orchard of about 33 acres. Captain Underwood married a Welsh lady, Miss E.C. Gwynne-Hughes, of "Regit", Carwarthenshire. In the matter of sport, Captain Underwood is a racing man, and a supporter of cricket and all manly sports."

Original Publication

  • Cyclopedia of Tasmania, 1900

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'Underwood, Sydney Edward (1846–1925)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/underwood-sydney-edward-25348/text33757, accessed 8 December 2019.

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