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OBITUARY

HON. E. RICHARDSON, C.M.G. The death occurred at Wellington this morning of the Hon. E. Richardson, C.M.G., aged 84. Deceased, who had been in indifferent health for some time, was in the eariy '706 prominent in political circles, and, with his partner, Mr. George Holmes, he constructed tho Lyt-teltoii-Christchurch railway. Mr. Richardson came out to the colonies in 1852, and entered the fcervice of the Victorian Government as engineer of the Roads and Bridges Department. In 1865 he retired from the Government service, and entered into business on his own account as a contractor. In that capacity he carried out many large and important works very successfully, including several railways. Meanwhile he joined the first Volunteer corps raised in Victoria, and rose from the ranks to the position of captain of the Horeo Artillery. In 1861 he left Victoria, and entered into an engagement to carry out some important railway contracts in New Zealand. In partnership with Mr. Geo. Holmes he- constructed the LytteltonChristchurch railway, including the celebrated Moorhouse tunnel. In 1870 he was elected a member of the Canterbury Provincial Council for Lyttalton, and remained a member till the abolition of tho provinces in 1876. In 1871 he was returned a member of the House of Representatives for Christchurch City. In October, 1872, he was appointed Minister of Public Works, which portfolio he retained during the administration ol the Waterhouse, Fox, Vcgel, Pollen, and Atkinson Administration, all of which Ministries resigned successively from 1872 to 1877. Then he was compelled, owing to ill-health brought on by overwork, to resign. In recognition' of his services to the colony in the carrying out of the public works policy of Sir Julius Vogel, he wae created a O.M.G. in 1879. He was again appointed Minister for Public Works in the StoutVogel Government from 1884 to 1887, and he remained a member of the House until .October, 1890, when he resigned. Shortly afterwards, he was called to the Legislative Council, in which he occupied a seat for seven years. For many years he occupied the position of secretary and , manager of the Patent Slip Company, Wellington, but for health reasons resigned some years ago. Mrs. Richardson died last year. Tlie deceased's family consists of Colonel Edward Richardson, Christchurch ; Mr. George Richardson, of the Railway Locomotive Department, Wellington ; Mr. Charles E. Richardson (Richardson, and M'Cabe) ; Air. E. F. Richardson, electrician, Wellington ; Mr. Sydney Richardson, of the Lands Department, Hokitika; Mrs. Eardley Reynolds, of Dunedin; and Mrs. Joseph Tripe, of Wellington. The late Mi". Richardson was & man. of sterling character, a practical colonist, whose achievement* stand out prominently in the developmental work both of Australia and New Zealand. Retiring -.a later years, he was one whose effort* -a Minister of Public Works in the days when New Zealand wa« just beginning to feel her feet on the fringe of the Empire stamped him as one of the men who have helped to make history. Hia death, though not unexpected, will be greatly regretted.

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OBITUARY, Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 48, 26 February 1915

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OBITUARY Evening Post, Volume LXXXIX, Issue 48, 26 February 1915

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