Victorian Occupations – R

19th Century Occupations or job descriptions from Rack Maiden to Rustler.

Rack Maiden Someone employed in the tin mines of Corwall to dress the ore, often a girl.
Racker at Distillery, Wine
Racket Maker, Toy
Raff Merchant Someone who sold fibre used to make raffia bags etc.
Raffman Someone who dealt in raff (saleable rubbish).
Rag and Bone Man went from street to street with a cart and collected any old rubbish
Rag Cutter cut up rags into small pieces to be used for making paper etc
Rag Dealer
Rag Doll Maker, Toy
Rag Gatherer cleared the rags from the machinery in the mills; often children
Rag Man one who went from street to street collecting and selling old clothes and rags
Rag Merchant Someone who bought and sold rags.
Rag Picker Someone who sorted through the left over rags to find reusable ones.
Rag Sorter
Railway Carman
Railway Checker
Railway Clerk
Railway Engine Driver, Stoker
Railway Goods Receiver
Railway Inspector
Railway Labourer
Railway officer, clerk
Railway Police Sergeant
Railway Porter
Railway Servant Port
Railway Shunter Someone who shunts carriages and wagons in a railway yard.
Railway Signal Fitter
Railway Signalman
Railway Station Master
Railway Ticket Collector
Railway Van Boy
Railway Van Guard
Raker A street sanitation worker.
Range Fitter
Rate Collector
Ratoner A rat catcher.
Rattlewatch A town watchman.
Raw Skin Merchant
Reading Boy, Print
Real India Co. Clerk
Redar Someone who interprets dreams.
Redsmith A goldsmith.
Reeder someone who worked with reeds for hedging or thatching.
Reedmaker Someone who made the pipe for a musical instrument, or a person who made a weavers implement (a reed) or reed cloth or the comb used in tapestry.
Reeler Someone employed to operate the machine that wound the yarn onto the bobbin.
Reeve A royal or manor official, appointed by the lord or elected by the peasants. A church warden.
Reever A shriever.
Refreshment Assistant, Inn
Refreshment Caterer
Refreshment House Keeper
Refreshment Rooms Assistant
Refuge Attendant SA A refuge attendant with the Salvation Army
Registered General Medical Practitioner
Registered Physician & General Practitioner
Registered Shoeing Smith registered shoeing smith
Registrar An official who registers events such as land purchases or births, marriages or deaths.
Registrar of Births & Deaths & Insurance Broker
Relief Engraver, Die
Relief Stamper
Relieving Officer An official who took charge of poor or insane persons not otherwise cared for.
Renovator Someone who repaired clothing.
Rent Collector A landlord or someone who works for them who collects rent from tenants.
Repairer & Laundress
Rescue Worker Someone who rescues people in trouble.
Resident Bank Messenger
Resident Bankers Clerk
Resident Housekeeper
Residential Manager, Iron Foundry
Restaurant Assistant
Restaurant Housekeeper
Restaurant Keeper A proprietor or owner of a restaurant.
Restaurant Porter
Restaurant Proprietor A manager or owner of a restaurant.
Restaurant Waiter
Retail Book Salesman
Retail Clothier
Retailer of Horse Flesh
Returning Officer
Revenuer A taxman who enforces tax laws on liquor.
Ribbon manufacturer Someone who makes ribbons.
Rickmaster A horse Captain.
Riddler A wool stapler.
Riftere A reaper.
Rigger hoist tackle worker; works on a ship’s rigging
Ripper or Rippier sold fresh water fish at the markets or maker and seller of baskets
Riverman Someone who works on a river boat.
Rivetter Someone who rivets, i.e. metal plates on a ship.
Road labourer Someone who repairs roads
Road Sweeper Someone who sweeps the streets.
Roadman, Board of Works
Rockgetter A salt miner (rock salt).
Rockman Someone who worked in a quarry, often the one who placed the charges on the rockface.
Rodman A surveyor’s assistant. See Poleman.
Roll Turner A carder of wool, cotton etc into rolls prior to spinning.
Roll Coverer Someone who covered the rollers for the spinning process.
Roller in Printing Office
Roller’s Labourer
Rolleyway Man Someone who maintained the underground road in the mines.
Roman Cementer Someone who worked with roman cement used in stuccoing.
Rope Maker Someone who makes rope.
Rope Mounter
Rope Spinner
Rope Winder
Roper maker of rope or nets
Rosette Maker
Rotarius A wheelwright.
Rough Packing Case Maker Someone who made rough packing cases.
Rough Skiff Cutter
Rough Stuff Cutter
Rover An archer, or the operator of a machine used in the cotton mills, which prepared the carded fibre into rolls.
Rower Someone who builds small wagon wheels.
Royal Mail Driver
Rubber Stamp Maker
Rubbisher Someone who sorted the small stones in the quarries.
Rubbler Someone who sorted the small stones in the quarries.
Rugman A dealer in rugs and carpets.
Rule Maker, tape Someone who made tape rules.
Ruler Boy, Print
Ruler, Print
Runner One who solicited business for a hotel, steamship, etc
Runner A smuggler, or a messenger or one who worked for the magistrate; Bow St Runners
Rustic Garden Furnisher
Rustler A cattle thief.