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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Mr. Christopher William Richmond

Mr. Christopher William Richmond, better known as Mr. Justice Richmond, was a member of the third Government, the first Stafford Administration which held possession of the treasury benches for over five years. He was appointed Colonial Secretary on the 2nd of June, 1856, and filled the office until the beginning of November when he became Colonial Treasurer, which high office he held until the 25th of February, 1859. About the end of August, 1858, he became Minister of Native Affairs, retaining this portfolio till November, 1860. From the 1st of January till the 25th of February, 1859, Mr Richmond was Commissioner of Customs, an office which he again held together with the Colonial Treasurership from the 26th of April, 1859, to the 12th of July, 1861. He was appointed a member of the Executive Council on the 25th of February, 1859, and continued till his Ministry was defeated by Sir William Fox on July 12th, 1861. Full particulars of Judge Richmond's career will be found under heading “Legal.”