Athol Richardson

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The Honourable
Athol Richardson
OBE, QC
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Ashfield
In office
26 March 1938 – 5 February 1952
Preceded by Milton Jarvie
Succeeded by Jack Richardson
Personal details
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
Occupation Politician/Lawyer
Religion Church of England

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 of Australia from 26 March 1938 until 5 February 1952.

Early life[edit]

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]

Political Career[edit]

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 of Australia; 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.

Death and Honours[edit]

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

Honours received[edit]

References[edit]

Parliament of New South Wales
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