Find Ancestors

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search

Gift subscriptions

Genes Reunited gift subscription

Do you know someone interested in discovering their family history?

You can now buy a gift subscription to Genes Reunited so they can research their family tree.

Buy gift or redeem gift

Icons

  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

Australian Ancestors

Page 0 + 1 of 5

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. »
ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date

Emma

Emma Report 3 Aug 2013 14:33

Hi everyone hoping someone can point me in the right direction... my husbands great grandfather was called Arthur A O Richardson... he was a author and wrote quite a few books published like 'power of advertising', Forging ahead, and Britians awakening. One website i looked the book up on said 1875 birth and death 1956 but this was a estimate. I also found he was honored in the Kings Honours - source from London gazette supplement 28th December 1949/ 1st January 1951 for food parcels he organised from Australia in the 2nd world war. The family are not sure if he was born in England or Australia ... as he traveled quite a bit on the research on passenger lists we found from both destinations.

If anyone can help me in my next steps to find out the information i would greatly appreciate it.

I have explored newspaper articles and passenger lists and also checked BMD.

Many Thanks
Emma :-S

Thelma

Thelma Report 3 Aug 2013 18:32

Google suggests that his name was Arthur Osmond Richardson
There are 18 entries on Ancestry
a death in Australia 1956
a voyage in 1925 age 50
A marriage for a son 1939
Was his wife Margaret Lee?

TootyFruity

TootyFruity Report 3 Aug 2013 18:44

Here is his death registration:-

Name: Arthur Osmond Richardson
Death Date: 12 Sep 1956
Death Place: South Australia
Registration Year: 1956-1960
Registration Place: South Australia
Page Number: 5818
Volume Number: 848

TootyFruity

TootyFruity Report 3 Aug 2013 18:45

and here he is on the outward Passenger Lists

Name: Arthur Osmond Richardson
Gender: Male
Age: 50
Birth Date: abt 1875
Departure Date: 31 Jul 1925
Port of Departure: London, England
Destination Port: Melbourne, Australia
Ship Name: Mooltan
Search Ship Database: Search the 'Mooltan' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Shipping Line: P and O S N Company
Official Number: 145435
Master: S Finch

TootyFruity

TootyFruity Report 3 Aug 2013 18:51

I'm not turning up a birth but this passenger list gives a possible birth place

Name: Arthur Osmond Richardson
Arrival Date: 24 Jul 1929
Age: 54
Birth Date: abt 1875
Birthplace: Northampton, England
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: English
Ship Name: Parrakoola
Port of Arrival: San Pedro, Wilmington and Los Angeles
Port of Departure: Melbourne
Last Residence: Australia
Archive information (series:roll number): m1764:23

Emma

Emma Report 3 Aug 2013 20:05

thank you for your help... especially the death record...

I have seen the passenger listings previously and was confusing as one said born England and the other said Australia.

Will now follow up the leads. Thanks again... if you have any more ideas let me know, as your help has been amazing and much appreciated.

Emma :-D

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 3 Aug 2013 20:19

He was obviously widely travelled as there are a number of passenger lists for him. With the exception of one, they give his birthplace as England (usually quoting Northants)

e.g.

New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957

Name: Arthur Osmond Richardson
Arrival Date: 7 Aug 1922
Birth Date: abt 1875
Birth Location: England
Birth Location Other: Northampton
Age: 47 Years 2 Months
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: English
Port of Departure: Southampton, England
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Orduna

On this one he was a company director. His next of kin in England was Mrs Richardson, 5 Windsor Court, Moscow Road, Bayswater, London, SW.

Emma

Emma Report 3 Aug 2013 20:28

Thelma - does it say whom the son is on the marriage of a son record?

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 3 Aug 2013 20:28

He's also on many Electoral Rolls, here's an example:

London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965

Name: Arthur Osmond Richardson
Year: 1920
County or Borough: Surrey
Ward or Division/Constituency: Spelthorne

Living at "The Thorpes" with Margaret May Richardson

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 3 Aug 2013 20:52

I'm not 100% sure if this is the same chap:

Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980

Name: Arthur Osmond Richardson
Gender: Male
Electoral Year: 1937
State: New South Wales
District: Wentworth
Subdistrict: Vaucluse

He's a company director living Queens Avenue with Alexandrina Isabella Richardson

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 3 Aug 2013 20:53

Emma, can you tell us which one of his children your husband is descended from?

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 3 Aug 2013 20:59

This looks like it could be his marriage:

Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950

Name: Arth Osmond Richardson
Spouse Name: May Margt Thomas
Marriage Place: Victoria
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration Year: 1908
Registration number: 7935

That would be the Margaret May on the London Electoral Rolls.

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 3 Aug 2013 21:07

It's getting interesting:

California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1957

Name: Alexandrina Isabella Richardson
Arrival Date: 24 Jul 1929
Age: 29
Birth Date: abt 1900
Birthplace: London, England
Gender: Female
Ethnicity: English
Ship Name: Parrakoola
Port of Arrival: San Pedro, Wilmington and Los Angeles
Port of Departure: Melbourne
Last Residence: Australia

She is married. Travelling with Arthur Osmond Richardson, company director born Northants. The purpose of his visit is for business. She is accompanying her husband.

With them is Arthur Lincoln Richardson aged 1 year 8 months, born Sydney.

Emma

Emma Report 3 Aug 2013 21:13

yes... this is great information - really appreciate the help

Arthur A O Richardson - had a son called Colin A Richardson born 1908 approx - I also know from one of his books he had another son called Norman Alan Richardson - but dont have any details on him?

My husbands is a decendant from Colin's line.

Emma :-)

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 3 Aug 2013 21:15

In 1929 he's travelling with Alexandrina but there is this 1930 London ER:

London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965 about Arthur Osmond - J Richardson
Name: Arthur Osmond Richardson
Year: 1930
County or Borough: Wandsworth
Ward or Division/Constituency: Putney, Streatham and Central
Street Address: 12 Christchurch Road

Still listed with Margaret May although this does seem to be the last London ER that he's on.

He seems to be on the Australian ER with Alexandrina from 1933 to 1937.

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 3 Aug 2013 21:23

This looks like Norman Allan's birth:

Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922

Name: Norman Allan Richardson
Father's Name: Arth Osmand Richardson
Mother's Name: Margt May Thomas
Birth Place: Balwyn, Victoria
Registration Year: 1910
Registration Place: Victoria
Registration number: 8375

Emma

Emma Report 3 Aug 2013 21:26

wonder if he remarried then... after he had the two boys? I know from speaking to Chris grandmother who remembers meeting him in London with her husband Colin Richardson that she only ever met him between him commuting back and forth between australia after the war.

MarieCeleste

MarieCeleste Report 3 Aug 2013 21:30

Although this is a Canadian record it reads as though they're in transit to England.

Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954

Name: Norman A Richardson
Arrival Date: 14 Oct 1913
Port of Arrival: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Ship Name: Makura
Port of Departure: Sydney, Australia
Residence Country: Australia
Age: 3
Birth Date: abt 1910
Birth Country: Australia
Gender: Male
Race/Nationality: English
Record Type: Manifests
Line Number: 8

He's with parents Arthur O (35, a journalist), Margaret 32 and brother Colin A 1 year 8 month.

Arthur's next of kin in England is father R Richardson Abingdon Avenue, Northants.

Emma

Emma Report 3 Aug 2013 21:44

do you think he was married to both women - confused?b

Emma

Emma Report 3 Aug 2013 21:48

you must have some great access and knowledge to get all this... its amazing