McIntosh, Hugh D.

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McIntosh, Hugh D. Gender: M
Hugh Donald McIntosh
born on 10 September 1876 at 23:00 (= 11:00 PM )
Place Sydney, Australia, 33s52, 151e13
Timezone LMT m151e13 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 18°07' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 09°43 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 24°04'

Hugh D. McIntosh


Australian show-business entrepreneur born to parents of Scottish and Irish origin.

McIntosh lived a very colourful life, claiming to have run away from Sydney to Adelaide as a silversmith's assistant at the age of seven, to have worked for BHP at Broken Hill at nine, then in a variety of occupations culminating in working for a surgeon at twelve. Certainly by seventeen he was a chorus boy in a Maggie Moore pantomime Sinbad the Sailor in Melbourne.

In 1897, while working as a barman in Sydney, McIntosh began selling pies at sporting venues, and by the age of twenty-six was the owner of a catering company, then in an audacious leap that was to become a trademark, embarked on sports promotion. First it was cycle racing, then boxing, then rugby league football.

In 1911 he headed a consortium that acquired the Harry Rickards Tivoli theatre chain, importing international stars such as W. C. Fields and expanding the Tivoli repertoire to include musical comedy with the vaudeville, pantomime, revues and melodramas.

He owned the Sunday Times newspaper from May 1916 to 1929. In 1935 he opened the "Black and White Milk Bar" in Fleet Street, London. It proved highly profitable, but when he expanded it into a chain, the enterprise foundered.

In 1897 McIntosh married art teacher Marion Backhouse. She was to remain at his side to the end, through financial crises and numerous infidelities, notably with actress Vera Pearce, whose nephew Harold Holt, was to become Prime Minister of Australia. McIntosh's last years were spent in England, where he died in a London hospital on 2 February 1942, aged 65.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes him in "Man with Midas Touch" by Hugh D. McIntosh, Sunday Mail (Brisbane), 14 April 1940, p. 13: "A HURRICANE came shrieking out of the sky on the night I was born. It lashed the waters of Sydney Harbour into a wild maelstrom of flying foam and great green waves, and ripped a wide path of havoc through the terrified city before it raged on across the countryside. . . . The doctor, struggling through the wind and rain to the humble home of my parents, saw his square-top Derby whisked high over the roofs, and dodging a hail of slates, arrived hatless, breathless, and soaked to the skin. Having assisted me into the world while the house rocked to the buffeting of the storm, he solemnly prophesied that I should either be a very great man or a very bad one."

In the "Weather" report in the Sydney Morning Herald (11 September 1876, p. 4) it is stated: "Yesterday morning set in with slight showers and as the day advanced, it alternated between sunshine and showers, but at 8 p.m. the wind shifted to south and blew a gale, attended with heavy downpour of rain and very violent gusts of wind, which continued unabated up to the time of our going to press."

A time of 11pm is speculative.


  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.