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Memorable Manitobans: Henry Robson Richardson (1879-1966)

Click to enlargeFarmer, businessman, MLA (1921-1922), civil servant.

Born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England in 1879, he emigrated to Canada in 1898 and settled in the Cartwright area of Manitoba. In 1900 he returned to England to join the 5th Imperial Yoemanry to take part in the Boer War in South Africa, returning to Canada in 1901. He worked in the hardware business for a few years then homesteaded at Roblin, Manitoba. During the First World War he served with the First Canadian Mounted Rifles, was taken prisoner in 1916, and was later mentioned in dispatches by Winston Churchill.

He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1920 general election, serving a single term. In 1923 he moved to Winnipeg to take a job with the provincial revenue department. Later he became manager of the Dominion-Provincial Employment Service and, in 1941, became Assistant Manager of the Employer Relations Division of the National Employment Service, remaining there until his retirement in 1945. From that time until 1959, he was Director of the Farm Labour Service of the Manitoba Department of Agriculture where he assisted in relocation of displaced persons after the Second World War.

He died at Edmonton, Alberta on 28 October 1966.

Sources:

The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1922.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 October 1966, page 26.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 May 2010

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