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Richard Tallboys was the British Consul General in Houston in 1980-1995 andd had a vision for a British-American business organization. In 1982, he gathered together a group of business men to form the British American Business Association in Houston (which became the British-American Business Council Houston in 1999) and the British American Commerce Association in Dallas. 

Richard published a book in 2009 which chronicled his diplomatic career, including his time in Houston.

Below is his obituary as it appeared in The Mercury in Tasmanis where he retired. 


TALLBOYS, Richard Gilbert. CMG (1981) OBE (1974) ASM (FESR) AASM (Malaysia)BCom (Tas) LLB (Ldn) FCA FCPA FCIS

Loving husband of Margaret, father of Roger, Pru, Sarah, Peter, grandfather of Ben. Died Saturday November 2, 2013 at Calvary Hospital, Hobart, Tasmania and was buried at sea.

Richard had a long and distinguished career as an international diplomat, civil servant and businessman including: Lecturing on world affairs and economics;Author: Encounters of a Diplomatic Kind; Fifty Years of Business in Indonesia (with Carlo Tabalujan)Chief Executive of the World Coal Institute British Diplomat: Ambassador to Vietnam; Consul General (Houston); Commercial Counsellor (Seoul); postings to Phnom Penh and Brasilia Australian Trade Commission: Jakarta; Singapore; Johannesburg; Nairobi. Councillor, City of Westminster; Alderman, Hobart City Council Richard was also active in the Accountancy Profession (Hobart); National Heart Foundation (Tas Division) Lieutenant Commander Royal Australian Naval Reserve (retired); Merchant Navy (Port Line, Huddart Parker) University of Tasmania, University of London, Palmer's School, Essex No flowers or condolences please but donations to St David's Cathedral or the Heart Foundation would be appreciated.

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