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RUDDELL Richard

RUDDELL Richard

Male 1848 - 1920  (71 years)

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  • Name RUDDELL Richard 
    Born 25 May 1848  County Armagh, Nth Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Emigration 1871 
    Occupation Soap manufacturer; Insurance agent; Was the first elected mayor of Bundaberg in 1881 
    Died 8 Apr 1920  Bundaberg, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I185  Wood/O'Neill
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2014 

    Father RUDDELL James,   b. Abt 1800,   d. 15 Aug 1866, Lurgan Workhouse, Armagh, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Mother PILLAR (PILAR) Mary,   b. Abt 1810, Scarva, County Armagh, Nthn Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1900, Bundaberg, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family THOMSEN Caroline Christina,   b. Abt 1857, Halsteder, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1945, Clayfield, Brisbane, QLD Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 8 May 1895  26 Elizabeth St, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The marriage was in Sydney because Caroline may well have been pregnant with Caroline May who was born only 3 months later. They were married according to the rites of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

      There was already a tenuous relationship between Richard and Caroline prior to their marriage.

      Caroline Chattin, the niece of Caroline's first husband, James Chattin, had married Thomas James Ruddell, the nephew of Caroline's second husband, Richard Ruddell.
    Children 
     1. RUDDELL Caroline Mary (Molly),   b. 11 Aug 1895, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1981  (Age 85 years)
     2. RUDDELL Frederick Richard Thomsen,   b. 1 Apr 1898, Upper Targo Street, Bundaberg Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1955, Home Hill, QLD, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 14 Aug 2015 09:01:32 
    Family ID F135  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Richard Ruddell
    Richard Ruddell
    Taken from The Queenslander, Saturday 29 February 1908, p22

  • Notes 
    • Listed birth place is Portadown in other records
      Soap Manufacturer, Woondooma Street
      He received his education and business training in his native land, and sailed for Australia in 1871, arriving in Brisbane. He proceeded to Roma, and for twelve months filled a position in the employ of his brother-in-law. Going hence to Bundaberg - a distance of over 500 miles - he commenced business on his own account, the outcome of which was one of the largest soap manufactories in Australia. He sold the business in 1894.

      In 1878 he submitted his washing compound as an invention - Queenslander Sat 24 August 1878

      Richard Ruddell was the first elected mayor of Bundaberg and was mayor in 1881, 1902, 1908 and 1917.

      Ruddell Richard Member of the Bundaberg Licensing Board Administration of law regulating the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors in Queensland 1901/v.3 521-522