Richard Bloomfield Rees

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Name Richard Bloomfield Rees
Born 1859 Neath, Glamorganshire, Wales
Gender M
Died 1935-06-25 Swan Hill, Australia
Buried Fawkner Cemetery, Melbourne, Australia
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Father Benjamin Rees
Mother Gwenllian Jenkins
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Family Living
Married 1886-12-08
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Family Rosa Paddison b. (1863, Cadoxton-Juxta-Neath, Blaenhonddan, Wales)
Married 1886-12-08
Children 0 Frederich Bloomfield Rees b. (1888-03-28)
1 Evelyn Gwendoline Rees b. (1890-01-18)
2 Charles Vivian Rees b. (1891-10-06)
3 Delwyn Vaughan Rees b. (1894-01-13)
4 Herbert Clifton Rees b. (1896-08-15)
5 William Gordon Rees
Rees children - names and ages - circa 1900
Page scan c. 1900


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Richard Bloomfield Rees
Written on back, Dick after the Royal Garden Party at Windsor Castle. He was a big traveler at the time of this photo. He traveled to England and USA almost every year in his later life. Thanks to Leon Sparks for photo identification.
Windsor, United Kingdom


Born in Cilfrew Neath, Wales. Richard Bloomfield Rees emigrated to Australia and a picture of his young family was the last information that his relatives in Wales had of him. It was believed that he had become a Member of the Australian Parliament.

Dick, as he was known, was educated in London and qualified as a chemist and surgeon dentist. He travelled through Europe and eventually arrived in Victoria in 1884 where he became public analyst for the Board of Health at Eaglehawk, lecturer in science at Bendigo School of Mines and, from 1893, farmer at Long Lake near Swan Hill in northern Victoria. In the elections of 1st June 1904 he was said to have large agricultural and other property interests in?? the Province.?

He was married on 8th December 1886 to Rosa Paddison, a granddaughter of the Trenache Paddisons of Bryncoch. Her father, Charles Paddison, seems to have been something of a wanderer as he is known to have farmed at Gelli (Gellidochlithe?), Llandovery, Drehir, Blaenhonddan (where Rosa was born) and Erw Saithe before retiring to ?Bronleigh? in Neath. For a while he was manager of the Briton Ferry Lunatic Asylum. Rosa was the 6th of 16 children.

From Wikipedia encyclopedia Richard Bloomfield Rees (1859 - 25 June 1935) was an Australian politician. Born in Neath, Wales to colliery manager Benjamin Rees and Gwenllian Jenkins, Rees was educated in London and became a pharmacist and dentist. After travelling through Europe he arrived in Victoria in 1884 and became a public analyst for the Board of Health at Heaglehawk and a lecturer in science at the Bendigo School of Mines and Industries. On 8 December 1886 he married Rosa Paddison, with whom he had six children. From 1893 he farmed at Swan Hill. In 1903 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council for North Western Province, ultimately representing the Victorian Farmers’ Union; he resigned his seat in 1919 to run for the Senate, unsuccessfully. He had continued to travel and went to Patagonia to search for settlers for Victoria on the government’s behalf. Rees died at Swan Hill in 1935

Downing Street, 22nd April 1920. The KING has been pleased to approve of the retention of the title of “ Honourable” by Richard Bloomfield Rees, Esq., who has served continuously for more than ten years as a Member of the Legislative Council of the State of Victoria.