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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Richardson, Hon. Richard

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Richardson, Hon. Richard, M.L.A., J.P., was born in the Tyneside district, and having embraced the profession of a civil engineer, he went to Victoria in 1852, and was for some time in the Roads and Bridges department of the Government service. After spending a year or two in Sydney, he, in 1854, settled as a farmer in the Creswick district of Victoria. In 1874 he entered the Assembly as member for Creswick, and held the seat till 1886, when he was defeated at the general election. He was, however, re-elected when the district was subdivided in 1889 as the representative of the Creswick section. Mr. Richardson, who is a Liberal and Protectionist, was Minister of Lands and Agriculture in the third Berry Government from August 1880 to July 1881.