Richard G. Bevington, metallurgist and mill manager, and member of the (British) Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, was the son of Thomas Bevington and his wife Annie C. Gibbons. He was a member of the Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa from 1894, the year of its formation. After the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) the society changed its name to the Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa. Bevington served on its council from 1904 to 1908, and was elected its president for the year 1908/9. His inaugural address was published in Volume 9 of the Society's Journal. He was still active in the society in 1914, when he served on its finance committee.
In 1905 Bevington was metallurgist and mill manager at the Village Main Reef Gold Mining Company, Johannesburg. He was still mill manager there in 1914. However, he died the next year and was survived by his wife, Alice Gertrude Taylor, and two children. He had been an active Freemason since 1892.