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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Rous, Admiral Hon. Henry John

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Rous, Admiral Hon. Henry John, second son of the Earl of Stradbroke, was born on Jan. 23rd, 1795, and, entering the Royal Navy, came out to Sydney in command of the Rainbow in 1825. He remained in Australian waters for four years, discovering the Richmond and Clarence rivers in New South Wales in August 1829. He also displayed very keen interest in turf matters, for which his name became a household word, importing the thoroughbred horse "Emigrant," which became the sire of numerous Australian performers. He was elected a member of the Parramatta Jockey Club in Sept. 1829, just before his departure for England, where he was member for Westminster from 1841 to 1846. His connection with the English Jockey Club and his almost unique position in the sporting world are matters of history. He married, in 1836, Sophia, daughter of J. B. Cuthbert, and in the same year retired from the navy. He died in 1877.