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Reginald Aurum RICHARDS

Male 1897 - 1973  (75 years)


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  • Name Reginald Aurum RICHARDS 
    Born 09 Jul 1897  Pine Grove, Condobolin, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Photos? Person (Reginald Aurum RICHARDS), Grave (DSC_6478) 
    Died 04 Feb 1973  Hay, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hay, New South Wales, Australia, Church of England Section, Row J, Grave no 55 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The Riverine Grazier Tuesday 6th February 1973

      The death took place in the Hay Hospital on Sunday morning of one of the best known unionists and Labor supporters in the Hay district in the past generation. Mr. Reginald Aurum ("Pal") Richards, in his seventy-sixth year.
      Born in Condobolin, he was the last surviving of seven children of the late Mr. and Mrs. John H. Richards, of that town.
      He had his early schooling at Condobolin and Nyngan and then at Parramatta, where the family later made their home.
      He won a bursary to the Marist Brothers College at Parramatta at the age of nine and had his secondary education at that school.
      Returning to Nyngan he took up shearing but gave that up during a big wages dispute and went back to Sydney to work on the tramways.
      Although he had taken a keen interest in politics from a very early age, it was in Sydney that he got deeply involved in the industrial movement, before becoming a member of the Trades Hall Executive as a representative of the Tramways.
      He was involved in the Labor movement in the days leading up to the great depression of the thirties and became a dedicated follower of the "Big Fellow," Jack Lang, who he always regarded as one of Australia's leading statesmen. He became closely associated with the Evatts, Beazley, Lamaro and a number of the young Labor stalwarts of the day, many of whom he numbered among his friends all through his life (The late Judge Lamaro always visited his home when his circuit brought him to Hay).
      Mr. Richards first made his home in Hay when the Maude Weir was being built as a relief work in the 1930's. He and his wife ran a boarding house there for workmen. They also ran a similar establishment for a few months when the P.O.W. camp was being built here.
      Returning to shearing, he carried on in the sheds until his retirement. As a younger man followed the sheds working well into Queensland and Victoria.
      In Hay he continued his political activities, as a dedicated unionist and follower of the Labor movement. He was one of those closely associated with the reformation of the Hay Labor League and sat at the Labor table in every campaign in Hay since he came here, save the most recent.
      He was president of the Hay Branch for some time and at least once was the campaign director for the Labor candidate for Murray when that State seat including [sic] Hay.
      As a unionist, he was proud of his long association of the A.W.U. and was staunch in his support of the State Secretary Charlie Oliver in all union disputes.
      Locally his industrial activity was always strong in support of what he believed to be the interests and rights of his fellow workers although often, we think, this was to his own personal detriment.
      He was several times an Alderman of the Hay Municipal Council, a controversial figure who was more than once voted into and out of office.
      He was a recipient of the Queens' Coronation Medal awarded in 1953 to a number of people in public life.
      Personally he used his knowledge of politics and public life to assist many people in making representations in the political field, largely in relation to pensions and personal problems.
      In this connection, he was active in interesting the local A.W.U. to collect for and organise the annual Christmas party, for the "old stalwarts" which has continued for about 27 years.
      As a young man he played Rugby football, but has not played sport in Hay.
      His main activity apart from his home and his industrial activity has been in the Buffaloe Lodge in which he rose to the highest local office and had been awarded the honour scroll of "Illustrious Knight of the Grand Australian Banner."
      Mr. Richards was twice married, his first wife, formerly Dorothy McLaughlin, of Nyngan, died leaving him with three small daughters, Maude, Iris and Dot., the former of Brisbane and the later two of Sydney.
      His second wife, formerly Dulcie Marion Honeyman, of Hay, survives him with their four daughters, Joyce, Dulcie, Olive and Patricia, and son, John, all of Hay.
      There are thirty-six grand-children and twenty eight great-grand children.
      The funeral is to be held this afternoon from Saint Paul's Pro-Cathedral at 4 o'clock.
    Person ID I6168  The Rawsthorne Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 

    Father John Higgins RICHARDS,   b. 20 Sep 1861, Bundaburra Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1928, Dirranbandi, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Ada Louisa RAWSTHORNE,   b. 29 Jan 1868, Carrawobitty Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1949, 118 George Street, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 30 Dec 1886  Church of England, Grawlins Plains, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Notes 
    • New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages shows 1886, but the book shows 1887
    Family ID F99  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Dulcie Marian HONEYMAN,   b. 03 Jul 1904, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 1998, Hay Hospital, Hay, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 21 Jun 1927  St Stephens Church, Newtown, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Dulcie Marian RICHARDS,   b. 06 Jan 1930, Hay, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jul 1987, Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     2. Olive Bell Irene May RICHARDS,   b. 09 Dec 1932, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Sep 1993, Darlington Point, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     3. John Thomas Lang Beasley Lamara Clancy RICHARDS
     4. Patricia Aida Louise RICHARDS
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F2894  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Dorothy MCLOUGHLIN,   b. 03 Sep 1901, Temora, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jan 1926, Erskineville, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years) 
    Married 1920  Nyngan, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Dorothy Regina RICHARDS,   b. 12 Apr 1920, Banksia Hospital, Nyngan, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Dec 1989, Labrador, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Iris Rowland Joyce RICHARDS
     3. Dot RICHARDS
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F2893  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    RICHARDS, Reginald Aurum & 
HONEYMAN, Dulcie Marion
    RICHARDS, Reginald Aurum & HONEYMAN, Dulcie Marion
    RICHARDS, Reginald Aurum
    RICHARDS, Reginald Aurum
    RICHARDS, Reginald Aurum
    RICHARDS, Reginald Aurum

    Headstones
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  • Sources 
    1. [S79] From a Distant Field, Colin Field, Book: Version 3 (Self Published).

    2. [S79] From a Distant Field, Colin Field, Internet Version 7.5.

    3. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages, 1886/5020.

    4. [S236] Pan WILCOX.