|Member of the Australian Parliament
13 December 1919 – 16 December 1922
|Preceded by||George Edwin Yates|
|Succeeded by||George Edwin Yates|
4 February 1871|
Norwood, South Australia
|Died||9 August 1945
Glenelg, South Australia
|Political party||Labor (1907–17)
National Labor (1917–18)
|Spouse(s)||Alice Clara Gates|
Blundell was born in the Adelaide suburb of Norwood and educated at Norwood Public School. He married Alice Clara Gates in 1894. He joined the Tobacco Twisters' Union and was its secretary for eight years. He became secretary of the United Trades and Labour Council of South Australia and was its president in 1905.
He was a candidate in the 1906 Election for Senators for South Australia, finishing a close 5th, missing out by less than 200 votes. Blundell successfully challenged the election, with the High Court in June 1907 declaring that the election of the third choice Senator Joseph Vardon was void.
Blundell did not personally benefit from that success as he had subsequently been successful at a by-election in January 1907 to the House of Assembly as one of four members for the seat of Adelaide, representing the United Labor Party. At the 1915 election in Crawford Vaughan's Labor government he became minister of industry, mines and marine. In 1917, he left the Labor Party due to the split over conscription and joined the National Party and was minister for repatriation, agriculture and industry in Archibald Peake's government until his defeat at the 1918 election. At the 1919 federal election, he was elected as a Nationalist to the federal seat of Adelaide, but was defeated at the 1922 election.
- Jaensch, Dean (1979). "Blundell, Reginald Pole (1871 - 1945)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
- Blundell v Vardon  HCA 75, (1907) 4 CLR 1463.
- "The Adelaide Election". The Advertiser. South Australia. 28 January 1907. p. 5 – via National Library of Australia.
|Parliament of Australia|
George Edwin Yates
|Member for Adelaide
George Edwin Yates