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Redwood, Vernon Charles

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Birth Date: 14 April 1873 (Nelson, New Zealand)

Death Date: 15 February 1954 (London, England)

Parents: Charles Redwood and Mary Elizabeth (nee Grimstone)

Education: Christian Brothers College, New Zealand

Religion: Roman Catholic

Career

Employed on Westbrook Station, Queensland, 1893-1895; Maltster at Perkins & Co Brewery, Toowoomba, from 1895; Established own maltings, 1902-1904; General manager, William Jones & Son, Toowoomba maltsters, 1904-1913; Established Redwood Toowoomba Grain Exchange, later liquidated in 1913

Local Government Service: Alderman Toowoomba, Mayor 1910; Member, Gowrie Shire Council


Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Assembly MIN Drayton & Toowoomba 18 May 1907 2 Oct 1909

Additional Information

Notes: President, Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce; Cultivated the first commercial hop crop on the Darling Downs in 1907; Awarded £500 in libel action against the Darling Downs Gazette, 1913; Left Australia for Europe after 1913 and settled in London. Whilst there he became a member of an anti-prohibitionist group: the 'Fellowship of Freedom and Reform'. A park on the eastern side of Toowoomba has been named in honour of him

Sources: Image courtesy of John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Neg:197862; Waterson, DB, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)