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Perdriau, Henry (1845–1935)

Mr. Perdriau was also a man of wide interests. In addition to being the founder of the rubber industry in Australia, he took a keen interest in church, social welfare, and sporting activities. For many years he was an elder of the Drummoyne Presbyterian Church, and he was one of the oldest Masons in New South Wales. For sixty years he was a member of the Balmain Rowing and Bowling Clubs, and, later, of the Warringah Bowling Club at Mosman. As a youth he was greatly interested in shipping, and was associated with the Balmain Ferry Company nearly eighty years ago. Until as recently as September, when he did not seek re-election to the directorate, he was a member of the board of directors of Dunlop Perdriau Rubber Co. Ltd. Mr. Perdriau was a son of Henry C. Perdriau, an early settler and one time Mayor of Balmain, and a grandson of Commander Stephen Perdriau, R.N., who served in the Napoleonic wars, and was aboard H.M.S. Bellerophon when Napoleon surrendered to Admiral Maitland after Waterloo.

Mr. Perdriau died at the age of 90, and Major General Mackay at the age of 76. Both were cremated on Monday.

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'Perdriau, Henry (1845–1935)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/perdriau-henry-8019/text35186, accessed 23 October 2019.

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