Henry Gordon Horsford Sandeman

Henry Gordon Horsford Sandeman

Born: 1856

Died: 1919

Henry Gordon Horsford (Harry) Sandeman was born in New South Wales in 1856, second eldest of the nine children of Alfred (1819-1883) and Amelia (ca. 1837-1898) (née Glassen or Glasson) Sandeman. Alfred and Amelia were married in New South Wales and the family travelled frequently between Australia and England. In 1871, Harry, his mother and eight siblings returned to Australia on board the “Somersetshire”, arriving in Melbourne in June of that year. Harry, and presumably the rest of the family, travelled to Sydney by coastal steamer. Sometime later Harry and his relative Gordon Sandeman (ca. 1810-1897), pastoralist, magistrate and member of the Queensland parliament, set off by steamer to Brisbane and then to Ipswich. They continued by train to Dalby and then by horse to Gordon’s station “Burenda”, in south-western Queensland.

Harry’s father Alfred also owned property in Queensland in addition to the family home in Sydney, called “Seven Oaks”. Harry went on to travel and work in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. In 1894, he married Phoebe Hoy (b. 1864) in Sydney. They resided in Sydney where Harry died in 1919, while living at “Icasia”, Old South Head Road, Waverley. The death certificate for H.G.H. Sandeman states that he was French correspondent for Harrison, Jones and Devlin, an Australian pastoral company specialising in wool broking (taken over in 1922 by Goldsborough Mort & Co.). Harry G. Horsford Sandeman was related to the British Sandeman family of wine merchants who were in business as wine and spirit merchants in George Street, Sydney in the 1880s.

Henry also wrote and illustrated a biography of his travels in Australia, titled ‘Gone Out To Australia’ c1882 this unpublished manuscript resides in the National Library of Australia.