The Hon. Athol Railton RICHARDSON (1897 - 1982)**
- Date of Birth: 16/10/1897
- Place of Birth: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
- Date of Death: 22/05/1982
- Place of Death: Darling Point, New South Wales, Australia
|Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly||11 May 1935||29 Apr 1952||16yr(s) 11mth(s) 19day(s)|
|Member for Ashfield||11 May 1935||24 Feb 1938||2yr(s) 9mth(s) 14day(s)|
31st (1935 - 1938)
|Member for Ashfield||26 Mar 1938||18 Apr 1941||3yr(s) 24day(s)|
32nd (1938 - 1941)
|Member for Ashfield||10 May 1941||24 Apr 1944||2yr(s) 11mth(s) 15day(s)|
33rd (1941 - 1944)
|Member for Ashfield||27 May 1944||16 Aug 1946||2yr(s) 2mth(s) 21day(s)|
34th (1944 - 1947)
|Member for Ashfield||9 Nov 1946||29 Mar 1947||4mth(s) 21day(s)|
34th (1944 - 1947)
|Member for Ashfield||3 May 1947||22 May 1950||3yr(s) 20day(s)|
35th (1947 - 1950)
|Member for Ashfield||17 Jun 1950||29 Apr 1952||1yr(s) 10mth(s) 13day(s)|
36th (1950 - 1953)
|Honorary Minister||13 Apr 1938||13 Oct 1938||6mth(s) 1day(s)|
|Minister for Social Services||13 Oct 1938||5 Aug 1939||9mth(s) 24day(s)|
|Minister for Health||22 Feb 1939||30 Jun 1939||4mth(s) 9day(s)|
|Minister for Labour and Industry||26 Jun 1939||5 Aug 1939||1mth(s) 11day(s)|
|Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Services||5 Aug 1939||16 Aug 1939||12day(s)|
|Colonial Treasurer||16 Aug 1939||16 May 1941||1yr(s) 9mth(s) 1day(s)|
Political Party Activity
United Australia Party, prominent in United Australia Party Speakers' Association; Democratic Party 1944; Liberal Party 1945, Member of State Executive 1951 - 1952; Deputy Leader of Opposition 1941 - 1945.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Lawyer (barrister). Articled law clerk in Brisbane; admitted as a solicitor in Queensland in 1920, New South Wales 1921, with McNamara and Smith 1924 - 1929; called to Bar 1932; appointed to New South Wales Supreme Court 1952, retired 1967; chairman of Tasmanian Parliamentary Salaries Tribunal 1970; honorary counsel of Benevolent Society of New South Wales 1943 - 1952; member of Commonwealth Council of British and Foreign Bible Society 1954 - 1967, chairman 1960 - 1962; president of United Charities, Sydney . Chairman of committees in Australian, New South Wales and Sydney diocesen synods; president of Appellate Tribunal.
Served in 2nd and 4th squadrons, Australian Flying Corps, France 1917 - 1919.
King's Counsel in 1951; Officer Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1976. Hon LLD New York 1968
Son of Stephen Arthur Richardson, Salvation Army officer, and Elizabeth Sarah Urquhart. Married Isabel McCrea Watson on 23 February 1928 and had issue, 1 daughter and 1 son. Church of England.