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REID Robert (1862-1929) Nationality : American

REID, ROBERT (1842-1904), merchant and politician, was born on 18 October 1842 at Leven, Fifeshire, Scotland, second son of Robert Reid, bookseller, and his wife Catherine, nee Lambert. The family migrated to Victoria, arriving in April 1855 on the Ralph Waller, after barely surviving collision with an iceberg. When his father died weeks later, Robert, not yet 13, became the support of his mother and five sisters. He was first a shop clerk in Collins Street, Melbourne, then at Ballarat, but the news of his having to work on the Sabbath outraged his mother's 'strong Scottish Christian opinions', and he was peremptorily recalled. He walked back to Melbourne to keep his 5 pay intact.

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