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William Evans (Dick) Richards (1856–1928)

Mr. William Evans (Dick) Richards, who died at his home at Eastwood on Wednesday, was well known throughout the State as one of the veteran stock salesmen of the Homebush yards. He was born at Castlemaine (Victoria) in 1858, and at an early age was employed on Moolpa Station. He acquired further experience on properties in Queensland and northern New South Wales, and subsequently became a stock and station agent. He became associated with the Homebush yards when they were known as "Fullagars," and later was appointed assistant salesman to the late Mr. George Malden, of the firm of Malden, Hill, and Clark. On the retirement of his chief, Mr. Richards was appointed head salesman for Hill, Clark, and Company, of which he was made a partner. When the company was floated into a limited liability company, Mr. Richards was appointed a director, and he occupied this position until the sale of the business to the Australian Mercantile, Land, and Finance Co., Ltd., in 1921, after which he occupied an advisory position with that company.

In 1882, Mr Richards married Miss Ridge, a member of one of the old Hawkesbury families, and there was a family of four sons and one daughter. All four sons enlisted for service in the Great War, and two of them, Messrs. William and Roy Richards, were killed. A third son, Mr. Charles Richards, was accidentally shot 12 months after returning from active service.

The funeral will leave Wood, Coffil's parlours at Burwood for Rookwood Cemetery, at 2.30 to-day.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • funeral, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 August 1928, p 19
  • probate, Sun (Sydney), 28 September 1928, p 10

Citation details

'Richards, William Evans (Dick) (1856–1928)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia


1 August, 1928 (aged ~ 72)
Eastwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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