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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Richmond, Major Hon. Matthew

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Richmond, Major Hon. Matthew,[1] C.B., M.L.C., was Resident of Paxo, Ionian Islands, in 1836, and Deputy Judge Advocate at St. John's, New Brunswick, from 1838 to 1840, when he was appointed Commissioner for examining and reporting on claims to grants of land in New Zealand. While he was engaged on this duty the "Wairau massacre" occurred, and he was despatched to establish order and confidence. In 1843 Mr. Richmond was police magistrate of the southern division of New Ulster (now called North Island) and Cook Straits, superintendent of the southern division of New Zealand in 1844, and superintendent and resident magistrate at Nelson in 1846. On June 23rd, 1853, he was nominated a member of the Legislative Council by the Governor, Sir George Grey, and in May 1860 he was created C.B., with an expression of Her Majesty's approbation of the services rendered by him to the Crown. Mr. Richmond was Chairman of Committees of the Legislative Council from 1865 to 1881. He died in March 1887.

  1. usually spelt "Mathew". (Wikisource contributor note)