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Biographical entry Randell, William Richard (1824 - 1911)

2 May 1824
Sidbury, Devon, England
4 March 1911
South Australia, Australia
Paddle-steamer owner and Politician


William Randell was the first man to put a steamboat on the Murray River. He had the boat, Mary Ann, built in 1852-1853, extending it to 75 feet in 1854 and joining it with a new hull, in 1855, mounting the single paddle-wheel between the two hulls and renaming it Gemini.

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  • Tolley, John C., 'Randell, William Richard (1824-1911), paddle-steamer owner and politician', in Bede Nairn (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 6, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1976, pp. 6-7. Also available at Details

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Rosanne Walker