Frederick Richard Unsworth was born in Manchester, England, in 1859, the son of Henry Unsworth. He arrived in Australia aged 21 and, after working with wholesale merchant firms in Hobart for some years, he came to Launceston where he was a mining and commission agent with David Collins of Evandale. He later joined the wholesale firm of Messrs Lindsay Tulloch & Co. and then became the managing director of Irvine & McEachern, wholesale grocers and wine and spirit merchants.
For 26 years he was a member of the board of the Launceston Mechanics' Institute and president for 19 years. He was a member of the Launceston Golf Club, the ABC Bowls Club and the Northern Tasmanian Athletic Association. In his younger days he played cricket. He was a member of the Lodge of Hope, an executive of the Benevolent Society and a JP. Mr Unsworth was a member of the St John's Church choir, but in later years was associated with St Paul's Church. He died on 31 Oct 1928 at a private hospital after several months' illness. His funeral was held at St Paul's, and he had requested that there was to be no walking, motors only were to be used. He was buried at Carr Villa Cemetery B 60. His wife Annie is also pictured in the Family Album.