Charles Leo Richardson

Charles Leo Richardson[1, 2]

Male 1875 - 1960  (84 years)

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  • Name Charles Leo Richardson 
    Born 18 Oct 1875  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Address:
    13 Spring St, Latrobe Ward 
    Gender Male 
    _UID 7335512620FC4B0C8725DBA18AE659C74A2A 
    Died 22 Feb 1960  Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Address:
    Fireside Lodge Sanitarium 
    Person ID I3251  Treefive
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2018 

    Father William Albert Richardson,   b. 17 Jun 1839, Hudderfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1927, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Mathilde Mackereth,   b. 5 Mar 1853, Adelaide, South Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1926, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 24 Sep 1870  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8, 9
    Address:
    St Patrick's Cathedral 
    Family ID F883  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maud Winifred Peel,   b. 15 Aug 1879, West Ham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 1964, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 18 Jan 1905  Johannesburg, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Address:
    All Saints Parish, Booysens 
    Children 
     1. Jocelyn Peel Richardson,   b. 10 Mar 1908, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1992  (Age 84 years)
     2. Desmond Peel Richardson,   b. 19 Aug 1909, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1990, West Covina, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. Edythe Peel Richardson,   b. 17 May 1911, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1977, Danville, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 12 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F1071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
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  • Notes 


    • With grateful acknowledgements to Gerald, Kathleen, Bryan, and Gordon Richardson, USA, and Chrissie Macken of Melbourne, who provided the information on which much of this biography is based.

      Charles Leo Richardson was born 18 October 1875 at 13 Spring St, La Trobe Ward, District of South Melbourne, in the Colony of Victoria (Australia). The family moved to Adelaide, in the Colony of South Australia and in 1883, he travelled with his parents and four siblings (plus sister Millicent who was born at sea) on the ship Hesperus from Adelaide to London. In 1886, the family moved back to Adelaide and then in 1893 travelled to New Zealand for a year. From about 1898 up until Charles’ service in the Boer War, his parents were residing in Brisbane in the Colony of Queensland, Australia. Nothing else is known of his childhood.

      He enlisted for a six month tour of duty on 27 March 1901 in the British Army or in the Australian Colonial Army and fought in the 1899-1902 Boer War, in the 1st Battalion, 1st Scottish Horse Regiment. The 1st and 2nd Scottish Horse were formed from Australian volunteers plus drafts from Scotland and South Africa. For action at the Battle of Moedwill on 8 October 1901, Trooper Richardson was promoted to Corporal. After his completion of service in the Boer War on 17 October 1901, Charles was known to have been living in Johannesburg and working as an accountant for the Municipal Treasury. Additionally, he joined the Rand Rifles, a South African organization established to help defend Johannesburg and surrounding posts during the end of the War and the end of total hostilities. He was a Private, awarded an efficiency certificate on 7 Jan 1902, and discharged on 25 July that same year. While in South Africa, he met Maud Winifred Peel (b: 15 Aug 1879), believed to have been a nurse from the Sub-district of West Ham, County of Essex, England. They married on 18 January 1905 at All Saints in the Parish of Booysens, Diocese of Pretoria, Charles did not want to return to Australia (the reason is not known) and they did not want to go to England. Instead, in October 1906, they travelled from South Africa to Canada.

      Charles and Maud lived in Edmonton, Province of Alberta, Canada. They had three children there: Jocelyn Peel (b: 10 Mar 1908, Desmond Peel (b: 19 Aug 1909), and Edythe Peel (b: 17 May 1911). He was a chartered accountant and his first known work was from 1908 to 1914 as Auditor for the city of Edmonton. In 1914 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Finance. He became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA) and in 1914 became its 4th President.

      “While in Canada, Charles Richardson practised accounting from an Edmonton base. On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the institute published a history that described Richardson as having been ‘a member of the Transvaal Society of Accountants Incorporated.’ Wherever that information came from, it was probably jocular code that meant he was a veteran of the Boer War and had fought in the Transvaal theatre of that conflict. Richardson was elected president of the Alberta Institute [Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA)] in 1914. He was appointed deputy commissioner of finance for the City of Edmonton, later resigning to go into public practice.” [1]

      “Once the agreement with the University of Alberta was in effect, successful [accounting] students were only admitted to the institute with the approval of the university Senate and an affirmative vote in council. The agreement also provided that council would be represented on the Senate. The institute’s [ICAA] first representative on the university Senate was president Charles Richardson.” [2]

      “At a June 1914 meeting of the institute, it was moved by Mr. Richardson, seconded by Mr. E.D.C. Thomson, that this institute place itself on record as opposed to the admission of women at the present time.” [3]

      “Once membership in the Alberta Institute topped 40, the province could appoint two representatives to the Dominion Association’s [of Chartered Accountants] Council. The province reached that milestone in 1915, and named Charles Richardson and James Sutherland as Dominion representatives.” [4]

      “In his 1923-24 report, for example, Cecil Race wrote that a number of members had recently moved to the United States, becoming non-resident members.” [5]

      The following year he joined the Macintosh & Hyde Accounting Firm as a chartered accountant and manager. On 4 January 1916, Charles was affiliated with the Canadian Army, having a Certificate of Military Qualification as a Provisional Lieutenant serving in the infantry branch within an unknown unit of the 101st Regiment of the Edmonton Fusiliers. He did not serve overseas in WWI. In 1916, Charles was the first owner of the large house at 12626-104 Avenue. In 1917, he joined the accountancy firm of Harvey, Richardson, Cole and Robertson of which he was partner/manager. In July 1918, he became a life member of the Canadian Red Cross Society. He was the founder and first president in 1921 of the Mayfair Golf and Country Club which officially opened on 27 May 1922. The Royal Mayfair has since become one of Canada’s premier Golf and Country clubs.

      On 10 June 1923, Charles immigrated to Los Angeles, California, United States in preparation for the rest of the family who arrived to the U.S. on 12 Sep 1923. On 17 Mar 1925, in Los Angeles, Charles signed a Declaration of Intention to become a naturalised USA citizen. On 26 July 1935, Maud, Jocelyn, Desmond, and Edythe officially became U.S. citizens.

      Charles left Canada because of financial embarrassment. He had to sell his beautiful house as a result of financial misadventure according to Kathy Richardson who heard a version of this story from her mother Marie (wife of Desmond).

      Maud Richardson was conscious of her position in society and let it be understood that she was the granddaughter of Sir Robert Peel (not true) so she must have felt the reversal in family fortunes very keenly. Maud was a member of the Daughters of the British Empire until her death in 1964.

      In Los Angeles, California, Charles established his own business as a Certified Public Accountant. He seemed to be doing well with no obvious financial problems. He died at the age of 85 on 22 Feb 1960 in Los Angeles. Maud soon moved to Philadelphia to be with her eldest daughter, Jocelyn, and died on 14 Sep 1964 also at the age of 85 in Philadelphia.

      Footnotes 1-5 McKenzie-Brown, Peter In Balance: An Account of Alberta’s CA Profession 1910-2000 (13 August 2006).

      Note: CLR’s financial embarrassment more than likely was his own investment mistake. Based on ICAA and Mayfair Golf and Country Club, there is no mention of any public involvement in any legal or criminal wrongdoing. It was noted that several founding CAs from the ICAA had departed Canada for the USA in 1923 for better economic opportunities.

  • Sources 
    1. [S802] TRE099 Family tree (gedcom) - Ward database 17 May 2013 (Karel Saint), TRE099.

    2. [S117] DTH015 Death Richardson, William Albert, DTH015., named as a child of William Albert.

    3. [S716] BIR083 Birth Richardson, Charles Leo, BIR083.

    4. [S720] BIR085 Birth Richardson, Charles Leo, BIR085.

    5. [S714] DTH178 Death Richardson, Charles, DTH178.

    6. [S196] MAR038 Marriage Richardson, William Albert and Mackareth, Mathilde, MAR038.

    7. [S722] MAR120 Marriage Richardson, William Albert and Mackereth, Mathilda, MAR120.

    8. [S1305] MAR134 Marriage Richardson, William Albert and Mackereth, Mathilda, MAR134.

    9. [S3501] TRE Family tree - Lindsay Carthew Family Tree on ancestry.com accessed 23 Aug 2016.

    10. [S713] MAR114 Marriage Richardson, Charles and Peel, Maud, MAR114.