Biography of Robert Reid Russell (Bob)(1905-1993)

Megarrity, Lyndon (2017) Biography of Robert Reid Russell (Bob)(1905-1993). In: Nolan, Melanie, (ed.) Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Canberra, ACT, Australia, pp. 1-2.

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[Extract] Robert Reid Russell (1905–1993), company director, grazier, and businessman, was born on 30 August 1905 in Edinburgh, second child of Scottish-born Robert Reid Russell senior, stockbroker, and his American-born wife Anita Dwyer, née Withers. Educated (1918–22) at Ampleforth College, Yorkshire, Bob was an apprentice shepherd in Scotland before migrating to Australia in 1923. The Russell family had a financial interest in the New Zealand and Australian Land Co. Ltd, for which Bob worked as a jackaroo and later as an overseer, gaining experience at pastoral stations in New South Wales. In 1929 he travelled to the United States of America and Scotland before returning to Australia.

Research Statement

Research Background I was commissioned to write this biographical entry on Robert Reid Russell by the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
Research Contribution I conducted an oral history with son of the subject and gathered information from the Special Collections at the JCU Library in relation to Reid's time with the Pioneer Sugar company. I looked Russell's war records, among other things. All research was mine.
Research Significance The significance of the research is that it offers a portrait of a businessman in the sugar industry, and adds to our historical knowledge of the Queensland sugar industry.
Item ID: 48271
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
Keywords: biography; Australian history; Scottish diaspora; sugar
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Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2017 01:17
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2199 Other History and Archaeology > 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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