George E Richards, 1890

George E /Richards/
Given names
George E
Birth 1890 34 32

Birth of a brotherHarold Richards
1892 (aged 2 years)

Birth of a sisterBessie A Richards
1894 (aged 4 years)

Death of a sisterBessie A Richards
1895 (aged 5 years)

Death of a paternal grandfatherEvan Richards
July 25, 1899 (aged 9 years)


MUDGEE. (from our correspondent ) Another of the few remaining pioneers of the district has passed away in the person of Mr. Evan Richards, father of the member for Mudgee. It may be said of the deceased that he never left an enemy behind. Although a Protestant, he counted amongst his best friends members of the Catholic community, many of whom came miles to attend the funeral, one coming from Wollar (40 miles) and another from Gulgong (20 miles). Monsignor O'Donovan also paid his last respects to the memory of the deceased gentleman by his presence at the funeral. In his demise Mudgee lost a man whose charitable and broadminded spirit caused him to be loved and respected by everybody. (Freeman's Journal, Saturday 12 August 1899, page 22).


DEATH OF MR. E. RICHARDS, SEN. MUDGEE, Tuesday. - Last night Mr. Evan Richards, father of Mr. E. Richards, M.L.A., died at the age of 78 years. Deceased had been for 50 years a resident of the district. When he first arrived in the colony he was connected with the old St . Jame's School, but was subsequently selected by the late Archdeacon Gunther to open St. John's School, in Mudgee. He afterwards joined the Civil Service, from which he retired. He leaves a widow well provided for. In early politics deceased was a prominent factor locally, having fought in all the principal battles side by side with the late Dan. Cassin, and he took an active part in the first election under Responsible Government (Evening News, Wednesday 26 July 1899, page 3).

Death of a paternal grandmotherCaroline Smith
May 14, 1901 (aged 11 years)

Note: Death of Mrs. Richards.

Death of Mrs. Richards. At a Ripe Old Age On Tuesday last, the Angel of Death claimed one of Mudgee's oldest identities in the person of Mrs. Evan Richards, relict of the late Mr. Evan Richards. The deceased lady had attained the ripe old age of 72 years at the time of her demise, and was one of the good old stock whose activity and vitality were wonderful to behold at such an advanced age. Mudgee has been the good old lady's home for over 50 years, and though only surviving her late widely-respected husband by two years, she lived to see all the members of her family - a large one - married, and comfortably settled in life, which is so pleasing to a mother. The deceased lady's end was sudden and unexpected, and it came as a shock to her family and friends. She had been suffering from an ailment of the foot, but nothing serious was anticipated, although confined to her bed. On Tuesday however, the end came, when she was conversing with members of her family, who were gathered at the bedside after dinner. The late Mrs. Richards was plain and unassuming in manner, and many acts of charity performed by her in a quiet and unostentatious fashion, have been revealed now that she is no more, and shows that in life she carried out the precept, "Help thy neighbor as thyself." The deceased's family are Mrs. Moore, of Sydney; Mrs. Town (now in England), Mrs. Wells, Mrs. Deane, Mrs. Leslie, and Mr. Edwin Richards, M.L.A., Mr. David Richards, and Mr. Evan Richards, and they are left to mourn her loss, and to them we extend our heartfelt sympathy. The funeral was largely attended, and one vehicle contained quite a number of deceased's old and intimate lady friends, who came to pay their last respects to their old friend. The coffin was covered with a large number of beautiful floral tributes, in the shape of wreaths and crosses, one being sent from Parliament House, Sydney. The remains were interred in the Primitive Methodist portion of the cemetery on Wednesday, the Rev. J. H. Lewin, assisted by the Mr. F. Walkden-Brown, officiating at the grave. On Sunday morning next a memorial service will be conducted in the Primitive Methodist Church by the Rev. J. H. Lewin (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 16 May 1901, page 12).

Death of a maternal grandfatherEdward Langbridge
June 22, 1914 (aged 24 years)


DEATH OF MR. LANGBRIDGE. The death took place this morning of one of Mudgee's oldest and most respected residents, in the person of Mr. Edward Langbridge, aged 95. A full report of his career will appear in our next issue. Mudgee Guardian, Monday 22 June 1914, p. 2. Obituary Edward Langbridge

Note: The Great Call.

The Great Call. Mr. Edward Langbridge. On Monday morning at 11.30 a.m., Mr. Edward Langbridge, one of the oldest residents, and undoubtedly the oldest man in Mudgee, passed away at the age of 95 years. Deceased was a well-known figure in the town and district, and was highly respected by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. His grey-frosted head and thin, bent figure were almost landmarks in Market-street. In the heyday of his years he was one of the best known men in the district, and, even during later days many hundreds of people stopped beside the chair in which he was wont to sun himself in Market-street, and exchanged a few kindly words with the veteran. He was a man of kindly disposition, and although age had somewhat dulled his erstwhile keen mind, he still appreciated a good joke. His death was not unexpected. As a matter of fact on several occasions during recent years he had been hovering at death's door. However, his wonderful constitution helped him to draw back from the portal. He would be stricken down with an attack of sickness and his condition would be so grave that his children would be sent for. Then, after a day or two, he would pull round, and, in the course of a fortnight be up and about again. Last week, however, he took to his bed with a more severe illness than usual. It was seen, as day succeeded day, that the brave old spirit was gradually succumbing. He gradually sank despite expert medical attention, until on Monday morning he passed within the gloomy portal which so often had opened for him in vain. The deceased was 95 years of age. He was born at Torquay, England, and lived in that neighborhood for thirty-five years. In 1842 he was married to Mary Anne Edwards in the parish church at Stokes-Demerel. Twelve years later he left England with his wife and family in the ship Waterloo, of 900 tons register. After a stormy passage he arrived in Sydney, where he lived for some years. He then moved to Bathurst, and still later started a tannery at Bowenfels, near Lithgow. At this latter place he did well, eventually selling out to advantage. He then came to Mudgee, arriving here in the late 50's. Soon after reaching this town he started a tan yard at the old island on the other side of the Cudgegong river, West End. This place he ran for many years. He also did a little farming by way of amusement. About thirty years ago he retired from business, and from that time till his death he lived privately. For the past 19 years he lived with his son William H. Langbridge, of the Town Hall Hotel, Mudgee. The deceased was hale and hearty till he had passed the 90th annual milestone. Then he began to fail rapidly. Up to that time he never had a day's sickness in his life. His wife predeceased him by 46 years. The following sons and daughters are left to mourn: Mrs. E. Campbell (Mudgee), Mrs. Edgar Campbell (Mudgee), Mrs. Miller (Mudgee), Mrs. Edwin Richards (Rylstone), Messrs. Jack Langbridge (Adamstown, Newcastle), Edwin Richard Langbridge (Sydney), William H. Langbridge (Mudgee), and Thomas Enale Langbridge (Picton). To the bereaved we extend our deepest sympathy. The remains were interred in the Church of England portion of the Mudgee general cemetery on Tuesday last, the Rev. W. J. Dunstan officiating at the graveside. Mudgee Guardian, Thursday 25 June 1914, p. 22. Obituary Edward Langbridge

Death of a brotherHerbert Richards
July 10, 1919 (aged 29 years)

MR. HERBERT RICHARDS. The hearts of the hundreds of friends of Mr. E. Richards and family, of Rylstone, will go out to them in sympathy on their bereavement in the death of Mr. Richards's son, Mr. Herbert Richards. Mr. Richards, who was 32 years of age, was travelling reporter on the Wagga "Daily Advertiser." He was taken ill with pneumonia influenza, at Junee, and died in the compound (emergency hospital) there on Thursday evening. He was buried at Junee on Saturday. Mr. Herbert Richards was a widower. He leaves two children. Mudgee Guardian, Monday 14 July 1919, p. 2. Obituary Herbert Richards

Death of a fatherEdwin Richards
January 22, 1927 (aged 37 years)

Note: Late Edwin Richards

Late Edwin Richards PICTURESQUE PERSONALITY ABLE JOURNALIST, SOUND POLITICIAN Edwin Richards, who passed into the shades on Saturday last, was a man of many parts, and during his long association with the Mudgee district he fought manfully and with more than average ability, both through the press and in the Legislative Assembly, to better the lot of all classes of the community. His passing will be deeply deplored and his memory cherished. Born in Mudgee over 71 years ago, he was the son of the late Evan Richards, a very worthy Welshman, who instructed the youth of Mudgee when St. John's denominational school was first opened. Educated at the national (now public) school, the late Edwin Richards had as one of his instructors a notable educationalist in the person of Frederick Bridges, who later rose to great heights in the public service of the State. Very few of the students who shared a form with the subject of this notice are alive to-day. One, however, Mr. Adam Spies, a well-known Mudgee citizen, paid his last sad tribute of respect when his old school mate was laid to rest in the local cemetery on Monday. At the conclusion of his school days Mr. Richards entered the printing profession, of which he was destined to become such a valuable and gifted member. The old "Western Post" first claimed him, and he served a happy apprenticeship (he loved the calling) among the cumbersome, clattering presses of the time and the other primitive appliances necessary in the production of a paper. When the "Mudgee Times" was established his services were sought as manager, and later he entered into partnership with Mr. G. H. Cohen (the "Guardian's" present chief) and others in launching the "Independent.'' After a busy career on that journal he and Mr. Cohen founded the "Guardian," of which he was the journalistic head for very many years, and his vigorous, well-reasoned articles attracted great attention throughout the wide district in which the paper circulated. Politics naturally claimed his attention, and, recognising his ability, many admirers urged him to give consideration to a request to contest the Mudgee seat. He consented, and after a memorable battle was returned to Parliament by a narrow majority. He was also successful in retaining his seat at the next election. During his term as a legislator he fought stoutly for every movement inaugurated to advance the interests of the district which he represented, and, in conjunction with the late James Loneragan, started the agitation which resulted in the extension of the railway from Mudgee. Conversant with the requirements of his constituents, he performed much useful work in other directions, and it was generally admitted that the district's progress was marked during his representation. While serving his last term in Parliament he acquired the "Western Express," Rylstone, which, aided by his sons, he conducted for quite a number of years. Disposing of the paper, he retired into private life, and for a considerable period prior to his death resided at Kandos, where his son Harold has charge of the "Guardian's" inter-sts. Even after his retirement from active participation in the conduct of a newspaper his facile pen was busy, and many valued contributions, reminiscent of the "brave old days," appeared in Mud-gee publications. He is survived by a widow, who claims connection with one of our oldest and most respected families, she being a daughter of the late Edward Langbridge, a pioneer Mudgee business man. The following sons and daughters are also left to mourn - Mrs. Dobrow (Sydney), Mrs. H. Pile (Broken Bay), Mrs. Robert Ashe (Kandos), Clar-ence (Sydney), and Harold (Kandos). Hubert, another son, succumbed to the deadly influenza epidemic when it was raging at Moree. A ber and two sisters - Evan (South Africa) and Mesdames F. Leslie (Mudgee) and Moore (Sydney) - also survive, while those who predeceased him were Mrs. G. Towns, Mrs. H. E. A. Wells, Mrs. E. Deane and David. The funeral took place to the Methodist portion of the Mudgee cemetery on Monday, and was followed by many old friends of the family. The Rev. S. R. Robbins conducted impressive services at the church and graveside, and Mr. H. Barton had charge of the arrangements. We might mention that the late Edwin Richards makes the third prominent political identity claimed by death within the past twelve months, the others being Robert Jones and William C. Wall (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 27 January 1927, page 29).

Death of a brotherClarence Richards
February 8, 1927 (aged 37 years)
Note: Obituary

Obituary Mr. Clarrie Richards, son of the late Edwin Richards and Mrs. Richards, of Kandos, died in Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, on Tuesday, aged 42 years. A native of Mudgee, deceased embarked on a journalistic career at an early age, and assisted his father in the conduct of the Rylstone paper for several years. At a later period he migrated to Junee, where he acted as managing editor of the local paper. He was one of the victims of the pneumonic influenza epidemic which swept over the country some years ago, and he never completely recovered from the attack. For the last two years his condition caused relatives and friends much concern, and at times he suffered intense pain. Entering Prince Alfred Hospital a week ago, an operation was performed on Tuesday afternoon, unable to withstand the shock, and but in his weakened state he was passed away as stated. The lamented death of his father, to whom he was greatly attached, came as a terrible blow to Clarrie, and no doubt helped to hasten his end. He is survived by a widow (who was formerly Miss P. Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Thomas, Mudgee, and eight children, to whom the deep sympathy of the whole district is extended. To the bereaved mother, who has lost two loved ones in a few short weeks, the blow must be a terrible one, and time alone can heal the wound. Mr. Harold Richards, the "Guardian's" Kandos representative, and Mrs. R. Ashe, of the same centre, are among the sorrowing bers and sisters. The funeral took place at the Church of England portion of the Rookwood cemetery. Mudgee Guardian, Thursday 10 February 1927, p. 22. Obituary Clarence Richards

Burial of a brotherClarence Richards
February 1927 (aged 37 years)
Death of a motherMary Ann Langbridge
November 23, 1929 (aged 39 years)

Note: Obituary

Obituary LATE MRS RICHARDS. As briefly reported in Monday's issue, Mrs. Mary Ann Richards passed away at Hornsby on Saturday last, aged about 70 years. Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. John Langbridge, who for many years conducted a tannery at West End, also the old Contingent Hotel, which has since been demolished. She married Mr. E. Richards, a former partner with Mr. G. H. Cohen in the Guardian, and who in later years was elected to represent Mudgee in the Legislative Assembly, where he served for a considerable period. Mrs. Richards, although of a retiring disposition, was a woman of sterling worth, and to those less fortunately situated than herself she was generous in the extreme. She never tired of doing good, and her memory will be revered in very many homes throughout this district. After the death of her husband she resided at Kandos with her son Harold, who was a member of the Star staff in that town. There, as in Mudgee, she made many friends, who will learn of her death with extreme regret. Although sorely smitten of late years by the death of her husband, her son Clarence, and a married daughter, she bore up wonderfully well and was uncomplaining. She is survived by a son and two daughters, viz.: Harold (Hornsby), Mrs. Robert Ash (Kandos), and Mrs. W. Pile (Gosford district). Mr. Thomas Langbridge (Picton) is a ber, and Mrs. John Miller (Wyong) a sister. To the bereaved ones the deepest sympathy of a wide circle of friends is extended. Mudgee Guardian, Wednesday 27 November 1929, p. 9. Obituary Mary Ann Richards

Death of a sisterEthel Florence Richards
August 4, 1968 (aged 78 years)

DEATHS ASHE, Ethel Florence. - August 4, 1968, of 10 Doonmore Street, Penrith, and formerly of Mudgee and Kandos (nee Richards), beloved wife of the late Edgerton Sidney Ashe and dear mother of Bill, Eric, Rex, Esma (Mrs. Hook), Meg (Mrs. Worrad), stepmother of Nita and Marjorie (deceased), dear sister of Harold and Maud (deceased), sister-in-law of Pat, aged 80 years. For funeral announcement see Tuesday's 'Herald.' Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 5 August 1968, p. 31. Death Notice Ethel Florence Ashe

Note: Obituary

Obituary Mrs. E. S. Ashe Mrs. E. S. Ashe, a former well-known resident of Kandos and Rylstone, died peacefully in the Nepean District Hospital, Penrith, on August 4, after a short illness. Mrs. Ashe, who was a friend to everyone, took a devout interest in Church work, which brought her into close contact with those who admired her most. Her late husband (Mr. Robert Ashe) died several years ago at Penrith. Mrs. Ashe leaves a grown-up family of two daughters and three sons - Mrs. Len Hook (late of Glen Alice), Mrs. John Worrad (Penrith), Messrs. William and Rex Ashe (Penrith), Eric (Lakemba) and a ber Mr. H. Richards (Penrith). Mrs. Ashe was buried in the historic Emu Plains cemetery near Penrith on August 6, following a Church service at St. Stephens, attended by a representative gathering of friends and mourners. Mrs. Ashe was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Richards of Mudgee. Mr. Richards was, at the turn of the century, Member for Mudgee for several years, before late W. F. Dunn entered politics. Mudgee Guardian, Friday 23 August 1968, p. 26. Obituary Ethel Ashe

Family with parents
Edwin Richards 1856-1927
Birth: 1856 27
Death: January 22, 1927
Marriage Marriage1877
2 years
elder sister
3 years
elder sister
3 years
elder sister
3 years
elder brother
Birth: 1884 28 26
Death: February 8, 1927Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder brother
Birth: 1886 30 28
Death: July 10, 1919Compound Emergency Hospital, Junee, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder sister
Birth: 1888 32 30
Death: August 4, 1968Nepean District Hospital, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
3 years
younger brother
3 years
younger sister