BLAKE, RICHARD CHARLES (1903-1967), egg marketer, was born on 5 July 1903 at
Newtown, Sydney, son of Richard Daniel Blake, a carpenter from London, and his
native-born wife Laura Louisa Amelia, née Amos. Migrating at an early age with his
parents to New Zealand, Richard was educated at Auckland Grammar School and Seddon
Memorial Technical College. After returning to New South Wales, he initially had a
varied career. In 1926 he was a delegate on the central council of the Workers'
Educational Association and completed a university extension course in economics.
About 1927 Blake established a small business at Marrickville and on 24 March 1928
married a ledger-keeper Lilias Isabel Stuart Topp at the local Presbyterian
church. By 1931 he was a senior partner in T. Norman & Co., commercial
agents in Sydney, and represented the firm in the Parkes area. Politics also
attracted him. Advocating 'abolition of pre-selection and party politics,
extension of Federal Government powers and abolition of State Governments and
Governors', in February he unsuccessfully contested the Federal by-election for
Parkes as the Economic Reform candidate.
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