SYDNEY SHARWOOD (Sharwood-49)
PARENTS. Thomas Sharwood & Ellen (Kennedy) Sharwood
BIRTH. Abt. 1847, Hackney, London, England
MARRIAGE (1). 8 Feb 1873, Christ Church, St Leonards, New South Wales, Australia
MARRIAGE (1). 8 Feb 1873, Christina Mcalister/Macalister, daughter of Colin Mcalister/Macalister & Agnes (McKay) Mcalister/Macalister
MARRIAGE (1) NOTICE. SHARWOOD—MACALISTER — February 8, at Christ Church, St. Leonards, by the Rev. W. C. Cave Brown Cave, M.A., Sydney Sharwood, of Sydney, to Christina, fifth daughter of Colin Macalister, Esq., of Queensland, late of Redbank, near Goulburn, New South Wales.
Death of Spouse(1): 24 Aug 1877, Brewarrina, New South Wales, Australia
MARRIAGE (2). 1881, Queensland, Australia
MARRIAGE (2). 1881, Catherine Elizabeth Neill, daughter of Thomas Neill & Ellen (Burke) Neill
Children: No issue
Death of Spouse (2): 6 Feb 1889, Aramac, Queensland, Australia
DEATH. 12 Jan 1893, Strathdarr Station, near Longreach, Queensland, Australia
OBITUARY. DEATH OF MR. SYDNEY SHARWOOD. The numerous friends of Mr. Sydney Sharwood, of Messrs. Sharwood and Co., Longreach, will learn with great regret of his death at Strathdarr Station, on Thursday, from heat apoplexy. To Mr. Sharwood's Rockhampton friends the shock of his death will be especially great, from the fact that it was only on Monday last he went out to Longreach, after spending a fortnight here, in which it was generally remarked that he had seldom looked in such robust health. This opinion Mr. Sharwood continued, remarking to several of his friends that he had not felt so well for a long time. Mr. Sharwood went down to Sydney about a couple of months ago, where he spent five or six weeks, returning tn Rockhampton about three weeks ago.
He did not wish to go out to Longreach until the present severe weather was past, but a sitting of the Land Board had been summoned for this week at Muttaburra, and as his firm was interested in some matters to come before the Board, he thought it would be advisable he should attend. No news has yet been received in town of the sad occurrence beyond a few telegrams; but it is thought from these that as the death took place at Strathdarr Station, which, though not on the direct route between Longreach and Muttaburra, is yet a road he would be likely to take—certain grazing farms he managed lying close to Strathdarr—that he must have been on his way to Muttaburra when struck down. It is not known who were with him when he died, but a message received on Saturday stated that his son and Dr. Hewer were present at the funeral.
Mr. Sharwood and a brother, since dead, came out to Australia from England when little more than children under the care of an uncle. Mr. Taylor. Mr. Sharwood was educated at Sydney. After leaving school he spent some little time in an office, and then, over twenty years ago now, he came up to Malvern Downs, in the Peak Downs district, to get a practical acquaintance with pastoral work. After some years' work on Malvern Downs, he was appointed manager of a station in New South Wales, in the Brewarrina district.
About fifteen years ago Mr. Sharwood returned to Central Queensland, coming up to the Aramac district with stock. On arrival Mr. Sharwood settled in Aramac as a stock and station agent, and in that business he continued ever after. Through all the changes due to the progress of the railway, and other causes, Mr. Sharwood remained in Aramac till a little over a year ago, when he removed to Longreach. Mr. Sharwood was an excellent man of business, and his capacities in that respect were fully acknowledged and taken advantage of. He was appointed clerk to the Divisional Board, clerk to the Marsupial Board, Secretary to the Hospital ; and, in a word, was really the moving spirit in the Aramac district. He was for many years a member of the Aramac bench, was the leading freemason in n district where freemasonry flourishes widely, was a valued assistant in all racing and sports gatherings, and prominent in all social functions.
When the Central Queensland Pastoral Employers' Association was formed, Mr. Sharwood was appointed Secretary, and had the hard and difficult task of establishing and systematising the secretarial work of that influential and widespread organisation. Throughout the arduous, exciting, and dangerous times of the shearing strike Mr. Sharwood carried out the whole of the heavy secreterial duties, travelling continually with the Executive, except when he left on some special mission, as when he went South and met and came up with the first contingent of free labourers taken out to the western country—the contingent whose successful conveyance west really broke the strike. Mr. Sharword was an occupant of the buggy in the well-known Clermont riot, and altogether was in the thick of the struggle from beginning to end.
After the strike was over, Mr. Sharwood found that the duties of secretary of the Pastoralists' Association made too heavy demands on his time when the claims of his own business were considered, and he accordingly resigned. His resignation was accepted with great regret by the Association, which both in a formal and substantial way made most handsome recognition of the value of Mr. Sherwood's services. It was when he retired from the Secretaryship of the Association that Mr. Sharwood removed from Aramac to Longreach, resigning at the same time all the offices he held in the former town. But he was not permitted to rest in inglorious ease in his new home.
At the first opportunity he was elected one of the members of the Aramac Divisional Board, sitting for the Longreach sub-division. He was also elected Chairman of the Longreach Progress Association, and Chairman of the Longreach branch of the Separation League. It was only last week that Mr. Sharwood was asked to accept a seat on the Executive Committee of the League. Mr. Sharwood bid fair to be the leading public man of Longreach, if he did not already occupy that position.
Almost his best services to the town were two that were particularly grateful to him—the presentation to the Governor of the address from the Longreach branch of the Separation League, and taking part next morning in the deputation to the Minister for Lands, which represented to Mr. Cowley certain grievances and disabilities of the carriers of Longreach. Mr. Sharwood had made a close study of the various Land Acts of the colony, especially of the clauses in the 1881 Act, dealing with grazing farms, a class of settlement he greatly advocated ; and he was the agent or manager of a large number of these farms.
Mr. Sharwood was known to everyone almost throughout the western districts of Central Queensland, and everywhere he was held in the greatest respect, not only for his admirable business qualities and uniformly straightforward conduct, but also for his engaging personal manner. He bad a serenely happy temperament, with a keen appreciation of a quiet joke, and a quick apprehension of the humorous side of any incident. In the troublous times of the shearing strike Mr. Sharwood got a vast amount of fun out of the proceedings of both sides.
Mr. Sharwood was a widower, and was about forty-three years of age. He was twice married, and leaves two children. The eldest is married to Mr. Stephen Fairbairn, of Messrs. George Fairbairn and Sons, graziers, and the other, a son, is in his father's office at Longreach.
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