Rivett Henry Bland

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Rivett Henry Bland, also known as R. H. Bland (1811–1894) was born in Nottinghamshire, England. Bland came to Western Australia (known as the Swan River Colony) in August 1829 where he was employed as a government stock superintendent in York, W.A. 100 kilometers from Perth. Bland was also asked to lead expeditions through the Darling Ranges of Western Australia. Bland became a prominent figure in public and agricultural affairs. Bland was also a justice of the peace.[1]


In 1841 Bland was appointed as the Protector of Aborigines in the district of York, W.A. Bland returned to England for for a period of 18 months for health reasons. In 1855 Bland wrote a paper his paper 'On the character, habits and customs of the Aborigines of Western Australia'[2]


R.H. Bland came to Victoria in 1852, appointed as the Resident Director of the Port Phillip and Colonial Gold Mining Co. for a period encompassing 1852 to 1887.[3] Bland was renowned for his ability to conciliate with the miners and his managerial skills. Rivett Henry Bland negotiated the lease of land in Clunes to build the mine, where it became one of the largest and acclaimed gold mines in Australia.[4]


R. H. Bland was an inaugural member of the Ballarat School of Mines in 1870, along with Sir Redmund Barry and Somerville Learmonth[5] - and a trustee in 1886.[6]


R.H. Bland died in Clunes on the 18th February, 1894, aged 83 years old. Bland had been married twice and outlived his two wives and four children.[7]

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References

  1. Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, http://www.mininghall.com
  2. Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, http://www.mininghall.com; Luisa Daniele, Australian Dictionary of Biographies, http://adb.anu.edu.au
  3. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html accessed 15 March 2013.
  4. Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, http://www.mininghall.com
  5. Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, http://www.mininghall.com
  6. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~carrick/Ballarat%20a%20to%20b.html accessed 15 March 2013.
  7. Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame, http://www.mininghall.com


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--Lyndel Ward 17:00, 20 December 2011 (EST)

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