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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Reid, Hon. Robert Dyce

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Reid, Hon. Robert Dyce, is the third son of the late David Reid, surgeon R.N., and was born on August 3rd, 1829, at Inverary Park, New South Wales. He went to Victoria at seventeen years of age, and settled in the Ovens district, at Reid's Creek, immediately after the opening up of the Mount Alexander goldfield. He was engaged for thirty years in squatting pursuits, and subsequently visited England. On his return to Victoria he was returned to the Legislative Council for the Eastern province unopposed, and in August 1880 accepted a seat in the third Berry Administration, without portfolio. After the defeat of the Government in July 1881, he resigned his seat in the Upper House, and unsuccessfully contested West Bourke against the then Premier (Sir Bryan O'Loghlen). After another unsuccessful contest for Fitzroy, he was returned for that constituency at the general election In 1883, and held the seat till 1889, when he was again defeated, as also in 1892. Mr. Reid married Caroline Esther Shadforth, second surviving daughter of the late Colonel Shadforth, of the 57th Regiment.