Albert Vincent Richardson[1, 2]

Male 1873 - 1958  (~ 84 years)


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  • Name Albert Vincent Richardson 
    Born Dec 1873  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Address:
    St Kilda 
    Gender Male 
    Travel 1 Feb 1883 
    left Adelaide on the ship Hesperus for London 
    Occupation 1895  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    opera singer 
    Occupation 1909  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    commercial traveller 
    Address:
    John Street, Malvern East 
    Occupation 1914  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    warehouse manager 
    Address:
    Warburton Road, Canterbury 
    Occupation 1919  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    warehouse manager 
    Address:
    Warburton Road, Canterbury 
    Occupation 1924  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    warehouse manager 
    Address:
    Warburton Road, Canterbury 
    Occupation 1931  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    manager 
    Address:
    97 Boundary Road, Surrey Hills 
    Occupation 1936  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    poultry farmer 
    Address:
    Oakleigh Road, Ferntree Gully 
    Occupation 1937  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    poultry farmer 
    Address:
    Oakleigh Road, Ferntree Gully 
    Occupation 1942  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    poultry farmer 
    Address:
    Oakleigh Road, Ferntree Gully 
    Misc 1944  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    wrote a letter to a newspaper re William Albert's career in opera in Australia 
    Address:
    Lower Ferntree Gully 
    Residence 1949  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Address:
    97 Warrigal Road, Camberwell 
    Residence 1954  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Address:
    97 Warrigal Road, Camberwell 
    _UID 04EC6E237A354034BE8CE6F1B800DB267ECB 
    Died 1958  Surrey Hills, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I3252  Treefive
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2014 

    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  [14, 15, 16, 17
    Address:
    St Patrick's Cathedral 
    Family ID F1043  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Gardiner Kerr,   b. Abt 1884, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1974, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Married 1908  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Dudley Gardiner Richardson,   b. 1909, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1947, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     2. Roma May Scott Richardson,   b. 1912, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1999  (Age 87 years)
     3. Living
     4. Audrey Jean Scott Richardson,   b. 1915, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1915, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Living
    Family ID F1513  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Albert Vincent Richardson was born in Dec 1873 in Melbourne. When 9 years old, he travelled from Adelaide to London on the ship Hesperus in 1883 with his parents and five siblings, including Millicent who was born en route. While in England, he fell deeply in love with Eastbourne, a passion he retained all his life.

      As a child he enjoyed the “minstrels” - and his daughter recalled him hearing him singing the songs he had learnt from them to himself from time to time.

      The Richardson boys went to a School for the Sons of Professional Gentleman where Albert Vincent was taught a “smattering of languages” as he subsequently described to his daughter.

      Albert Vincent’s daughter Roma assessed the quality of this education as follows:
      “There is no doubt that their moving from country to country, and from one state to another was a definite hindrance to the children gaining the formal examination results required for them to enter professions. William Albert Richardson took time personally to participate in their education, giving them a liberal one as regards to the world at large, as well as in particular subjects such as music.”
      Roma says:
      “I can judge the combination of inheritance and family environment only as regards my own father Albert Vincent Richardson whom a neighbour of ours described as “an aristocrat.”
      “He was tall and good looking; his singing and speaking voice pleasant in tone and his diction clear. He had an excellent memory and he told us most interesting stories of the characters he met when he drove a buggy and pair over most of Victoria and parts of Tasmania, serving his firm as a commercial traveler. I have never known him make a spelling or grammatical error. He read widely and deeply. His favourite novel was Pickwick Papers [Charles Dickens] and in contrast he enjoyed biographies of world leaders and histories such as the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.”

      Opera in New Zealand

      Under the name “Vincent Richardson”, Albert Vincent took part in his father William Albert’s operas in New Zealand. It is not known if he was in NZ for the entire 1893-1895 period. He was there at least by June 1894, when he performed in “Maritana” which opened on 20 June 1894 at the Princess Theatre in Dunedin, for a four night season. Beatrice played the principal role of Maritana, and Albert conducted. On the second and fourth night, Vincent Richardson played the part of the King of Spain.

      In March 1895, William Albert announced the inauguration in Auckland of a series of Grand Operatic Concerts, on the same scale as his concerts over the previous 15 years at Melbourne, Adelaide etc.

      By April, the “Maritana” rehearsals were progressing satisfactorily. There were to be 2 full casts of principals. Beatrice Richardson and Madame Florence Anderson were cast as Maritana, and Vincent Richardson and A. Horton Busby as Don Jose. The opera was to be produced at the Opera House on 1 July and the rest of that week.

      The Evening Star review of the opening night considered the production “fairly successful”, but was not appreciated as much as it might have been, as “Maritana” had been staged frequently by travelling companies with the best singers seen in Auckland. Mr [William Albert] Richardson conducted the orchestra ably, and Beatrice performed well, with one of her songs being encored. She “spoke her words naturally and distinctly, and did not appear to be so much affected with nervousness as some of the others did”.

      The review of the second night noted that the production, by a new cast of amateurs, showed much improvement on the opening night. The acting was not as good, but the music was on the whole a great deal better. Vincent Richardson as Don Jose was more successful with his singing, in which he did excellently, than his acting. On the whole he made an interpretation of the part of Don Jose that was a feature of the performance.

      The Observer considered that the production of “Maritana” by amateurs was very much to Mr. Richardson’s credit, and had positive comments on Beatrice and Vincent.

      “Maritana” was re-scheduled for 10 and 12 August, and then two Grand Final Performances on 30 and 31 August. The cast included Beatrice (on the 31st), Vincent (both nights), and also Mr. Hampton (both nights) as the Marquis in his first appearance on stage.

      The Auckland Star reported that the final performance was well attended, the opera was well produced throughout, with the singing and acting being very creditable. The Observer gave a more detailed review. The two final performances played to large and enthusiastic audiences.
      “On Saturday night, Miss Beatrice Richardson, as Maritana, was in splendid voice, and achieved a brilliant success, her artistic singing and vivacious acting being the feature of the performance. Mr Vincent Richardson, as Don Jose, and Mr Archie Kent, as Don Caesar, were also heard at their best, and, by their splendid performances, contributed in no small degree to the success of the opera”.

      Back in Australia

      Roma reports that, when William Albert and Mathilde settled in Brisbane in about 1898, Albert Vincent Richardson did not accompany the family to Queensland. He struck off on his own and took a job in Melbourne with the importing firm H Clarke & Co. where over time he rose to be Managing Director. Clarke asked Albert Vincent to represent him in court in respect of his (Clarke’s) unwise land transactions. There might be a record of this court case still in existence.

      In 1908 Albert Vincent married staunch Presbyterian and poetess Mary “May” Gardiner Kerr in Melbourne, Victoria. He met her during his travels around country Victoria where she was working as a milliner in her brothers’ store. He was a commercial traveller.

      He worked as a warehouse manager when they lived at Canterbury, Melbourne. By 1936 he was a poultry farmer at Ferntree Gully, Melbourne.

      On 15 Jan 1944, The Argus published a letter from William Albert, entitled “Opera in Australia”:
      Sir: Referring to the obituary notice of the late Mrs Emlier Raphael in your issue of January 8, you state that Italian opera was first introduced in Australia by M. Simonsen. This is not correct. William Lyster was the first to introduce Italian opera into Australia. My father was the leading baritone of both Lyster’s and Martin Simonsen opera companies. Albert Richardson (Lower Ferntree Gully).

      Albert Vincent died in 1958 and his wife Mary in 1974. They are buried together in Box Hill Cemetery close to the grave of their baby daughter Audrey and surrounding by relatives from Mary’s side of the family. The Kerr monument is a very distinctive landmark to the Richardson grave. Albert Vincent’s descendants are mainly based in Melbourne, with some based in Brisbane and country Victoria.

  • Sources 
    1. [S647] Occupation Richardson, William Albert - opera singer, William Albert Richardson - singing opera in New Zealand; Letter refers to Edith Ellen Beatrice Richardson and Albert Vincent Richardson - not found in Library search.

    2. [S228] DTH015 Death Richardson, William Albert, named as a child of William Albert.

    3. [S1855] ancestry.com Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922.

    4. [S1867] ancestry.com Australia Death Index, 1787-1985.

    5. [S3490] Electoral roll Australia 1909 Vic, Kooyong, Malvern East, Albert Vincent Richardson.

    6. [S3491] Electoral roll Australia 1914 Vic, Kooyong, Canterbury, Albert Vincent Richardson.

    7. [S3493] Electoral roll Australia 1924 Vic, Kooyong, Canterbury, Albert Vincent Richardson.

    8. [S3494] Electoral roll Australia 1931 Vic, Flinders, Surrey Hills, Albert Vincent Richardson.

    9. [S3495] Electoral roll Australia 1936 Vic, Flinders, Ferntree Gully, Albert Vincent Richardson.

    10. [S3496] Electoral roll Australia 1937 Vic, Flinders, Ferntree Gully, Albert Vincent Richardson.

    11. [S3497] Electoral roll Australia 1942 Vic, Flinders, Ferntree Gully, Albert Vincent Richardson.

    12. [S3474] Electoral roll Australia 1949 Vic, La Trobe, Box Hill South, Albert Vincent Richardson.

    13. [S2956] ELE247 Electoral Roll Australia 1954 Box Hill South, La Trobe, Victoria, Richardson - Albert Vincent, Ethel Muriel, Howard Douglas, Mary Gardner.

    14. [S312] MAR038 Marriage Richardson, William Albert and Mackareth, Mathilde.

    15. [S974] MAR120 Marriage Richardson, William Albert and Mackereth, Mathilda.

    16. [S2973] MAR134 Marriage Richardson, William Albert and Mackereth, Mathilda.

    17. [S5375] TRE Family tree - Lindsay Carthew Family Tree on ancestry.com accessed 23 Aug 2016.