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Underwood, Rosa (1860–1953)

There passed away at St. George on November 30 one of S.W. Queensland's pioneers in the person of Mrs. Rosa Underwood, aged 91 years.

As a bride at the tender age of 18 years, she faced the hardships of the bush, supported by a simple faith in God, a trust and confidence in her fellow men and a keen sense of humour.

After living at Yamburgan, Doondi, Brynog aud Gulnarbar, she settled with her husband and family at Warroo. Mr. Underwood was a lover of good horses and was recognised as the best amateur rider of those days.

Warroo became widely known as a home of hospitality and gracious living, true to the best traditions of the west.

Mr. Underwood predeceased his wife by 44 years. One daughter, the late Mrs.Sudoltz, also predeceased her. One son, Richard, gave his life in World War I in the 2nd Light Horse.

Surviving members of the family are Edward (Warroo), Arthur (Gulnarbar), Mesdames Skelton (Sydney), Mackenzie (Surat), Neable and Woodlands (Mitchell) and Scoft (Brisbane).

There are 30 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

The largely attended funeral service in St. George was conducted by Rev. A. O. Charles, of the Bush Brotherhood of St. Paul.

Original publication

  • Western Star and Roma Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld), 11 December 1953, p 5 (view original)

Citation details

'Underwood, Rosa (1860–1953)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 10 April 2020.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Brown, Rosa

Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia


30 November 1953
St George, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death


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