George Richardson (New Zealand politician)

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The Honourable
George Richardson
George Richardson New Zealand politician.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Mataura
In office
1884–1893
Preceded by Francis Wallace Mackenzie
Succeeded by Robert McNab
In office
1896–1898
Preceded by Robert McNab
Succeeded by Robert McNab
Personal details
Born George Frederick Richardson
1837
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Died 23 October 1909(1909-10-23)
Wellington, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Augusta Marie Isabella Paterson White (m. 1867)
Occupation Surveyor

George Frederick Richardson (1837 – 23 October 1909), sometimes published as George Francis Richardson,[1][2] was a 19th-century Member of Parliament in Southland, New Zealand and a cabinet minister.

Biography[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1884–1887 9th Mataura Independent
1887–1890 10th Mataura Independent
1890–1893 11th Mataura Independent
1896–1898 13th Mataura Independent

Richardson was born in Cheltenham, England, and came to New Zealand in 1851 on the ship Dominion. He moved to Dunedin, where he qualified as a surveyor.[3] In 1867 he married Augusta Marie Isabella Paterson White, daughter of Invercargill merchant Thomas John White;[4] they had three daughters and two sons.[3]

He represented the Mataura electorate from 1884 to 1893 when he was defeated, and from 1896 to 1898 when he was adjudged bankrupt.[5][6]

He was Minister of Lands (8 October 1887 – 24 January 1891), Minister of Mines (8 October 1887 – 17 October 1889), Minister of Immigration (8 October 1887 – 24 January 1891) and Minister of Agriculture (17 October 1889 – 24 January 1891) in the 5th Atkinson Ministry.[7]

In 1891 he was granted the right to retain the title of "Honourable".[8] He died at his residence in Tinakori Road, Wellington on 23 October 1909,[9] and was buried at Karori Cemetery.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hon. George Francis Richardson". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]. 1897. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hon. G.F. Richardson". Otago Witness. 27 October 1909. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Obituary: The Hon. G.F. Richardson". The Evening Post. 78 (99). 23 October 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Marriages". Southland Times (644). 15 March 1867. p. 2. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Hon. G.F. Richardson's Bankruptcy". Grey River Argus. 30 April 1898. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 230.
  7. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 71.
  8. ^ "The title of honourable". New Zealand Herald. 28 (8585). 5 June 1891. p. 5. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Death". The Dominion. 3 (646). 25 October 1909. p. 6. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Cemeteries search". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 

References[edit]

  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Francis Wallace Mackenzie
Member of Parliament for Mataura
1884–1893
1896–1898
Succeeded by
Robert McNab
Preceded by
Robert McNab