|Member of the New South Wales Parliament |
11 May 1935 –5 February 1952
|Preceded by||Milton Jarvie|
|Succeeded by||Jack Richardson|
|Born||15 May 1897|
Newcastle New South Wales
|Died||22 May 1982|
Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia
|Spouse(s)||Isabel McCrea Watson|
|Children||One son, one daughter|
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.
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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.
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'.Richardson retired from the bench in 1967.
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|New South Wales Legislative Assembly|
| Member for Ashfield |
| Minister for Social Services |
| Minister for Health |
| Minister for Labour and Industry |
| Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales |
|Party political offices|
| Deputy Leader of the United Australia Party |
|New political party|| Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party |