Henry Robert Richmond

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Henry Richmond
3rd Superintendent of Taranaki Province
In office
7 September 1865 – 8 September 1869
Preceded by Charles Brown
Succeeded by Frederic Carrington
Personal details
Born Henry Robert Richmond
June 1829
London, England
Died (aged 61)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Spouse(s) (1) Mary Blanche Hursthouse (m. 1858; d. 1864)
(2) Emma Jane Parris (m. 1868)
Relatives James Crowe Richmond (brother)
Jane Maria Atkinson (sister)
William Richmond (brother)
Arthur Samuel Atkinson (brother-in-law)
Charles Wilson Hursthouse (brother-in-law)
Richmond Hursthouse (brother-in-law)
Clifford Richmond (grandson)
Dolla Richmond (niece)
Mary Richmond (niece)
Arthur Richmond Atkinson (nephew)

Henry Robert Richmond (June 1829 – 7 December 1890) was a 19th-century New Zealand politician and farmer. He was Superintendent of Taranaki Province from 1865 to 1869.[1]

Born in London, England, in June 1869, Richmond was the brother of James Crowe Richmond, Jane Maria Atkinson and William Richmond. They were part of the Richmond-Atkinson family of Taranaki who were all related by marriage. Henry Richmond was educated at University College School, and then at University College London where he studied mathematics and chemistry. Richmond emigrated to New Zealand in 1851 with his brother, James.[2]

Richmond married Mary Blanche Hursthouse (1840–1864) in 1858, and then Emma Jane Parris (1845–1921) in 1868.[2] He had four children by Mary and three by Emma.

After serving as Superintendent of Taranaki Province between 1865 and 1869, Richmond moved to Nelson, where he studied law in the offices of Fell and Atkinson.[2] Following his admission as a barrister and solicitor, he returned to New Plymouth in 1875, where he practised until shortly before his death.[2] Richmond sought medical advice in Christchurch in late 1890, and died there on 7 December of that year.[2] He was buried at Addington Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ Born to New Zealand: A Biography of Jane Maria Atkinson by Frances Porter (1989, Allen & Unwin/Port Nicholson Press, Wellington) ISBN 0-04-614008-5.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Obituary: death of Mr Henry Robert Richmond". Taranaki Herald. 8 December 1890. p. 2. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Cemeteries database". Christchurch City Council. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Brown
Superintendent of Taranaki Province
Succeeded by
Frederic Carrington