Richard Edwards (Australian politician)

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Richard Edwards
Richard Edwards.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Oxley
In office
30 March 1901 – 23 April 1913
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by James Sharpe
Personal details
Born 1842
Montgomeryshire, Wales
Died 29 October 1915 (aged 72–73)
Nationality Welsh Australian
Political party Protectionist (1901–06)
Anti-Socialist (1906–09)
Liberal (1909–13)
Occupation Businessman

Richard Edwards (1842 – 29 October 1915) was an Australian politician. He was a Member of the Australian House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Richard Edwards was born in 1842 in Montgomeryshire, Wales. He immigrated to Australia in 1862, becoming first a goldminer in Victoria and then a shopkeeper in Brisbane. He invested in both sugar and newspapers.

Politics[edit]

In the first federal election in 1901, Edwards was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the member for Oxley. Although there was no protectionist organisation in Queensland, he described himself as such and sat with the Protectionist Party in Parliament. In 1906, he defected to the Anti-Socialist Party; after the fusion of 1909, he was a Liberal member.

Later life[edit]

He retired from politics in 1913, due to ailing health,[1] becoming a businessman, publisher and philanthropist.[2]

Edwards died at his residence Bryntirion on Wickham Terrace on 29 October 1915.[1] He was buried in Toowong Cemetery.[3]

Legacy[edit]

His drapery store, the Edwards and Chapman Building in Queen Street, Brisbane is now listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[4]

His residence, Bryntirion, is also listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "HON. RICHARD EDWARDS,". The Brisbane Courier (18,031). Queensland, Australia. 30 October 1915. p. 4. Retrieved 8 December 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  3. ^ Edwards, Richard — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Sportsgirl (entry 600139)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bryntirion (entry 600166)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
New seat
Member for Oxley
1901 – 1913
Succeeded by
James Sharpe