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The Underwoods 'Lock, Stock & Barrel'

 

 

THE UNDERWOODS:
LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL

This is a history of the Underwood family in Australia written by Liz Parkinson.

 

 

Published by The Lazy Lizard

The Lazy Lizard

Written and Illustrated by Liz Parkinson
a descendant of this family

See also, 'Landmarks of Old Sydney Cove.'
 

READ ABOUT THE UNDERWOOD REUNION

HELD IN OCTOBER 2011

 

 

This is the story of three brothers who ended up in Sydney, Australia, in the early 1800's. They came from the east end of London, and virtually grew up on the docks at Bermondsey. They went on to own fleets of ships, employ hundreds of men, and carry cargoes all over the world.


The brothers were:

1. The Convict: James Underwood (1771 - 1844) had a 7-year sentence for supposedly stealing a couple of pairs of slippers, although innocent of breaking and entering. He established Sydney's first private shipyard on the Tank Stream, and an early distillery on his 100 acres at Paddington. Upon his death,  he left a legendary Estate, requiring 3 Acts of Parliament to resolve.

2. The Merchant: Joseph Underwood (1779 - 1833) came to Australia in charge of one of his brother James' ships in 1807. They both ran ships to the sealing islands in Bass Strait, and spent the proceeds on more ships and land acquisitions. In his later years he became the Squire of Ashfield Park.

3. The Drunk: William Underwood (1786 - 1827) sailed in and out of Australia a few times on his brother's ships, before settling at Ashfield. There he ran a pub on a corner of his brother Joseph's land, and had the disgrace of dying drunk in the street.

The price of the book is AUD$25.00 including GST, plus post and packing.


ILLUSTRATIONS

Please refer to thumbnails below for Illustrations contained in the book.
All are Liz Parkinson.  
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The Underwood Buildings

Buildings at George Street

Church Hill
The Underwood Buildings Buildings at George Street Church Hill
Ashfield Park House Tank Stream House & Distillery
Ashfield Park House  Tank Stream House & Distillery

SUBDIVISION PLANS
Please refer to thumbnails below for Subdivision Plans of Sydney and surrounding areas. 
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Homebush Homebush

Ashfield

Ashfield
Homebush Homebush Ashfield Ashfield
Ashfield & Summer Hill Paddington

Paddington

Flemington

Ashfield Paddington Paddington Flemington

 

If you would like a copy of this book, then please contact 
Liz Parkinson by email lizparkinson2002@gmail.com or write to:

The Lazy Lizard,  Box 157, Terrigal NSW 2260, Australia