John Rundle

John Rundle (1791 – January 1864) was a British Whig politician and businessman.

From 1835 to 1843, he was a Member of Parliament, representing Tavistock in the House of Commons.[1] He was one of the original directors and financiers of the South Australia Company, the company that was formed in London in 1834 to promote the settlement of the colony that was to become South Australia. He was an original director of the South Australian Banking Company and the first Chairman of the South Australian School Society whilst living in England.[2] Rundle never visited South Australia. His business interests included the Tavistock Bank, Gill and Rundle – Merchants and Carriers, Rundle and Co Gas Works, Gill and Rundle Foundry and a brewery. A canal linking Tavistock to the port at Plymouth was leased by his company and they had their own lime kilns, warehouses and wharves. In the 1840s his business affairs soured and he finally moved to London to live with his daughter where he died in poverty.[3] John Rundle married Barbara Gill in 1825. They had one daughter who was the famed author Elizabeth Rundle Charles.[4]


  1. Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 301. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  2. Rundle, P.; et al. (2013). Farmers-Devon to South Australia: The story of James and Jane Rundle and their Family (1st ed.). Australia: Rundle History Group 2013. p. 12,13. ISBN 9780646911311.
  3. Woodcock, G. (1989). Tavistock's Yesterdays-Episodes from her History Book 5 Chap 5 The Rise and Fall of John Rundle (1st ed.). Tavistock: G Woodcock. pp. 37–44. ASIN B0016WEY6C. Rundle Street and subsequently Rundle Mall bear his name. Beehive Corner, is at the corner of Rundle Mall and King William Street. The historic building currently on this site was built later, in
  4. "Charles, Elizabeth Rundle (1828–1896), novelist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Richard Fox
Lord Edward Russell
Member of Parliament for Tavistock
1835 – 1843
With: Lord Edward Russell
Hon, Edward Russell
Succeeded by
Sir John Salusbury-Trelawny, Bt
Hon, Edward Russell

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