Richard Reed

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Richard Selden Reed was living in Nunn Street at the time of his death.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Post 1854 Experiences


Another pioneer of Ballarat has passed away in the person of Mr Richard Selden Reed of Nunn Street. The deceased spent the early days of his life in the royal Navy and saw exciting times on board the HMS Colombine in suppressing the slave trade on the West coast of Africa. Afterwards he went into the mercantile service and took part in the Prusso-Danish war, blockade running. He was successful in breaking the blockade of the Elbe River five times before his ship Elenor Russell, was sunk by a Danish frigate. On gold being discovered he came to Ballarat from India and took part in the events that led up to the Eureka Stockade. When Commissioner Johnson tried to read the Riot Act at the burning of Bentley’s Hotel he climbed up the balcony post and tore that document out of the Commissioner’s hand and threw it among the diggers below. After many ups and downs of a pioneer’s life he passed away at the age of 89 years.[2]

See also

Further Reading

Corfield, J.,Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Ballarat Courier, 22 February 1908.
  2. Ballarat Courier, 22 February 1908.

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--Clare K. Gervasoni (talk) 21:10, 18 October 2013 (EST)

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