Henry Wickham 

1871 – moved with his extended family to Brazil where they failed miserably at growing crops, and a number died from fever. But while there got seeds for rubber trees, and sent them back to England, where they did very well in Brit colonies. Failed in Australia to start a tobacco plantation. Failed in British Honduras to grow bananas. Went to Papua New Guinea where he achieved modest success as a farmer, but his wife couldn’t stand the isolation and left him for Bermuda. When he returned to England in 1910 he was a national hero for his work on rubber, was knighted by the king, and given an annuity by British Rubber Growers Association.

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