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Theodore Oscar Unmack Politician Theodore Oscar Unmack was born on 21 November 1835 in Hamburg, Germany.

Deputy Grand Master, Irish Constitution, Theodore Oscar Unmack, Esq., J.P., Consul for the German Empire.

Arrived in Australia in 1853.

He came to Brisbane in 1860 and traded with his partner J. C. Heussler as a wholesale merchant.

On the 11th of September 1874, Robina, wife of Theodore Unmack, and second daughter of John Bryce, died.

His mother Johanna Unmack, died on the 20th September 1885, at Hamburg.

He was the MLA for Toowong from 1888 - 1893.

Secretary for Railways and Postmasters-General Aug 1890 - Mar 1893

Appointmented to the 1899 Police Commission along with:

Judge Noel (chairman), Messrs. F. W. Dickson, barrister-at-law, T. Garvin, a superintendent in the New South Wales Police Force, J. Sadlier, late inspecting superintendent of the Victorian Police, and T. O. Unmack, with Mr. J. W. Blair, barrister-at-law, as secretary.

Justices of the Peace Date Oath Given 8-Apr-1901.

He died on 17 September 1919 in Brisbane.

His House

Moana - 88 Moray Street New Farm

Theodore Oscar Unmack's HouseMoray Street was first surveyed in the 1870ís running parallel between Brunswick Street & the Brisbane River, on an elevated area of New Farm. Moray Street overlooked the Brisbane River and was a prized residential location.

In 1885 businessman & politician Theodore Unmack bought two of these allotments with a frontage to Moray Street, a site of almost 1,690 square metres in the area. He later added further allotments at the rear of his holding and by 1886 he owned land through to the lane behind (now Gilbey Lane), The total size of all his combined purchases was almost 140 perches, or more than 3,500 square metres.

Moana was designed by Banks & Caradini and constructed in 1886. Theodore Unmack lived in the home until 1913.