Memorable Manitobans: Henry Robson Richardson (1879-1966)
Farmer, businessman, MLA (1921-1922), civil servant.
Born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England on 10 December 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 Yeomanry 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. 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 but was defeated in 1922. 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, 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.
On 21 October 1907, he married Elizabeth May Holmes (1886-1967) at Winnipeg. They had four children: Alice Muriel Richardson (1908-?, wife of W. A. Mills), Margaret Richardson (1913-?, wife of R. D. Wright), Henry Holmes Richardson (1915-1944), and Celia Joan Richardson (1919-?, wife of William Walter Scott). He was a member of St. Alban’s Anglican Church.
He died at Edmonton, Alberta on 28 October 1966.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1922.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 October 1966, page 26.
Obituary [Elizabeth May Richardson], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 January 1968, page 35.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 September 2020