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Biographical entry Underwood, James (1771 - 1844)

6 September 1771
Bermondsey, England
10 February 1844
Brixton, Surrey, England
Shipbuilder, Distiller and Merchant


James Underwood is said to have owned the first private shipyard in New South Wales, opened in 1898. In partnership with Henry Kable until 1809 and with Simeon Lord 1805-1808, he built boats employed in sealing, whaling in the Derwent, bringing coal from the Hunter River and an occasional sandalwood venture. In 1823 he formed a partnership with Robert Cooper and F.E. Forbes to build and operate the Sydney distillery.

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