Richard Southall

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Richard Southall
Richard Southall.jpg
21st Mayor of Brisbane
In office
Preceded by James Hipwood
Succeeded by William Galloway
Personal details
Born Richard Southall
Marylebone, London, England
Died 4 February 1909
South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting place Toowong Cemetery
Nationality English Australian
Spouse(s) Janet Banks Guild (m.1852 d.1905)
Occupation Building contractor

Richard Southall (1831 – 4 February 1909) was mayor of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 1888.

Personal life[edit]

Richard Southall was born in 1831 in Marylebone, London, England, the son of Richard Southall and Margaret (née Manay), and educated in London.[1][2]

Richard married Janet Banks Guild, daughter of Robert Guild and Margaret (née McFarlane), at Hampstead in 1852.[3][4][5]

The family immigrated to Queensland in 1869.[1]

On 30 September 1892, Richard Southall was visiting the baths at Sandgate, Queensland, when a large wave washed him from where he was sitting into deeper water. Not being able to swim, he would have drowned, except that a young clerk, Leon Burguez, jumped in fully clothed and rescued Richard Southall. Leon Burguez received a certificate of merit from the Royal Humane Society of Australasia for his bravery.[6][7] Leon Burguez was later to marry Richard Southall's daughter Adelaide Ellen in 1897.[8]

Richard Southall died at his residence "Ellesmere", Merivale Street, South Brisbane on Thursday 4 February 1909 at Brisbane.[5][9][10] He was buried in Toowong Cemetery.[11]

Business life[edit]

Queensland National Bank building, Queen Street, Brisbane, was built by Richard Southall

Richard Southall was apprenticed to a building contractor in London, before entering into business on his own account.[1]

After immigrating to Brisbane in 1869, he tried farming on the Logan River for three years, but eventually decided that building work in Brisbane would be more profitable and entered into a partnership, Southall & Tracey, to resume work as a contractor;[1] the partnership continued until 1877.[12]

Richard Southall built many important Queensland buildings, including the Queensland National Bank building in Queen Street, Brisbane.[9]

Public life[edit]

Richard Southall was an alderman of the Brisbane Municipal Council from 1885 to 1888. He was mayor in 1888. He served on the following committees:[13]

  • Finance Committee 1885, 1887
  • Legislative Committee 1886
  • Town Hall Committee 1886, 1887
  • Works Committee 1886
  • Health Committee 1886, 1887

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Richard Southall, Esq., J.P.,. (14 July 1888). Queensland Figaro and Punch (Brisbane), p. 20. Retrieved 8 July 2012, from
  2. ^ Ancestry User malcolm14901. "Burridge/Anderson Family Tree". Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "FreeBMD". The Trustees of FreeBMD. 
  4. ^ "Family Notices.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 6 July 1905. p. 4. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Register of Births, Deaths & Marriages in Queensland
  6. ^ "SUMMARY OF NEWS.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 3 October 1892. p. 4. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 19 September 1894. p. 2. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "WOMAN'S WORLD.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 29 April 1897. p. 6. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "PERSONAL.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 6 February 1909. p. 7. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Family Notices.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 6 March 1909. p. 4. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search
  12. ^ "Classified Advertising.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 26 March 1887. p. 3. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Brisbane City Council Archives

External links[edit]

Media related to Richard Southall at Wikimedia Commons