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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

The Late Mr. Justice Richmond

page 84

The Late Mr. Justice Richmond.

His Honor Christopher William Richmond, a Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, was born in London in 1821. He became a student of the Middle Temple in January, 1844, and was called to the English Bar on January 20, 1847. After practising in England for some time, he came to the Colony in 1853, and settled at New Plymouth, where he practised his profession for some years. He was Provincial Solicitor of the Province of Taranaki, and became a Member of the House of Representatives in 1855. In the Stafford Ministry—which took office on June 2, 1856—he was in turn Colonial Secretary (until November 4), and Colonial Treasurer (from the latter date to February 1859), when he resigned the office, to resume it again in April along with the Commissionership of Customs. In the meantime (in August, 1858) he assumed, in addition, the portfolio of Native Affairs, which he held until November, 1860. The defeat of the Stafford Ministry in 1861 terminated Mr. Richmond's Ministerial and Parliamentary career. He then went to Dunedin, where he joined Mr. T. B. Gillies (afterwards Mr. Justice Gillies) in partnership as barristers and solicitors, and held a leading position in the profession, until, in October, 1862, he was appointed by the Domett Ministry to the Supreme Court Bench, on which he sat until his death. He was at first sole judge in Otago, and remained there until 1867, when he was removed to the Westland and Nelson circuit; and some years subsequently he removed to Wellington, where he died on August 3, 1895. Illustration on page 65.