Athol Richardson

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Athol Richardson

OBE, QC
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Ashfield
In office
11 May 1935 5 February 1952
Preceded by Milton Jarvie
Succeeded by Jack Richardson
Personal details
Born15 May 1897
Newcastle New South Wales
Died22 May 1982
Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia
Spouse(s)Isabel McCrea Watson
ChildrenOne son, one daughter
OccupationPolitician/Lawyer

Athol Railton Richardson OBE , QC (15 May 1897 – 22 May 1982) was an Australian politician and judge. Richardson represented the Electoral district of Ashfield for the United Australia Party and the Liberal Party from 11 May 1935 until 5 February 1952.

Queens Counsel jurist appointed by letters patent

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Ashfield was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales, first created in 1894 with the abolition of multi-member electoral districts from part of Canterbury, and named after the Sydney suburb of Ashfield. It was abolished in 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation and absorbed into Western Suburbs. It was recreated in 1927 and, in 1959, it was partly combined with Croydon and renamed Ashfield-Croydon. In 1968, Ashfield-Croydon was replaced by Ashfield, which was abolished again in 1999.

United Australia Party former Australian political party (1931-1945)

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Early life

Richardson was born to parents Stephen Arthur Richardson, a Salvation Army officer, and mother Elizabeth Sarah Urquhart in Newcastle, New South Wales. Richardson jnr served in World War I in the 2nd and 4th squadrons of the Australian Flying Corps in France from 1917 till 1919. He married Isabel McCrea Watson on 23 February 1928 and had one daughter and one son. [1]

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Political career

Richardson entered politics by contesting and winning the Electoral district of Ashfield for the United Australia Party at the 1935 New South Wales State election. He was subsequently re-elected to the seat of Ashfield at the 1938, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1947 and 1950 elections.

During his time in parliament he held various ministerial portfolio's including Minister for Social Services (13 October 1938 – 5 August 1939), Minister for Health (22 February 1939 – 30 June 1939), Minister for Labour and Industry (26 June 1939 – 5 August 1939) and Colonial Treasurer (16 August 1939 – 16 May 1941). He was also Deputy Leader of the Opposition for 1941 until 1945. [1]

Richardson retired from politics upon his appointment to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1952. During his judicial tenure, Richardson remained a member of the Liberal Party; Tom Hughes QC describes him as a man of 'orderly habits', but criticises him as 'a well-meaning man who gained marks only for sincerity and effort'. [2] Richardson retired from the bench in 1967.

Supreme Court of New South Wales superior court of New South Wales, Australia

The Supreme Court of New South Wales is the highest state court of the Australian State of New South Wales. It has unlimited jurisdiction within the state in civil matters, and hears the most serious criminal matters. Whilst the Supreme Court is the highest New South Wales court in the Australian court hierarchy, an appeal by special leave can be made to the High Court of Australia.

The Liberal Party of Australia , commonly known as the New South Wales Liberals, is the state division of the Liberal Party of Australia in New South Wales. The party currently governs in New South Wales in coalition with the National Party of Australia (NSW). The party is part of the federal Liberal Party which governs nationally in Coalition with the National Party of Australia.

Death and honours

Richardson died on 22 May 1982, at Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "The Hon. Athol Railton Richardson (1897-1982)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales . Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Milton Jarvie
Member for Ashfield
1938 1952
Succeeded by
Jack Richardson
Political offices
Preceded by
Herbert Hawkins
Minister for Social Services
1938 1939
Succeeded by
George Gollan
Preceded by
Herbert FitzSimons
Minister for Health
1939
Succeeded by
Herbert FitzSimons
Preceded by
Herbert Hawkins
Minister for Labour and Industry
1939
Succeeded by
George Gollan
Preceded by
Alexander Mair
Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales
1939 1941
Succeeded by
William McKell
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bertram Stevens
Deputy Leader of the United Australia Party
1941 1943
Party disbanded
New political party Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party
1945 1946
Succeeded by
Vernon Treatt