Millicent Hespera Richardson[1]

Female 1883 - 1977  (93 years)


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  • Name Millicent Hespera Richardson 
    Born 18 Apr 1883  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Female 
    _UID B2C944FC1BF045B7B47D0264506F05D8F59A 
    Died 1977  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Person ID I3317  Treefive
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2015 

    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  [8, 9, 10, 11
    Address:
    St Patrick's Cathedral 
    Family ID F1043  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • Thanks to Gerry McGlinchy of Wellington for the notes on Constance McAdam, who was part of Millicent's life in later years.

      Millicent Hespera Richardson was born 18 Apr 1883 on board the ship Hesperus during the voyage taking her parents and 5 siblings from Adelaide to London. Millicent was known for her flyaway red hair.

      She never married but lived with and took good care of her parents until they died and her own eyesight failed her. She worked as a typist and also as a teacher in Brisbane.

      A NZ writer, Constance McAdam (1872-1951) lived with Millicent at Deighton Road, Brisbane from about 1937 to her deaeth in 1951. It is not clear how Millicent and Constance met - possibly when the McAdam and Richardson families were living a few houses apart at York Place, Dunedin in the early 1890s. Constance was about the same age as Millicent's older sister Beatrice.

      It seems that Constance was not particularly interested in music. As a journalist she wrote occasionally about opera, but very rarely. She was, though, very interested in the arts but usually the theatre and literature. While she was living in Sydney between 1898 and 1903 she lived in a world which included actors and dancers and she was Theatre Critic of The Bulletin which may or may not have included opera and concerts. The only connection found between Constance and music are that in 1903 she wrote the lyrics of a song called “Our Kingdom of Two” for a teenager called Nelson Illingworth who later became a singer and about 1907, in London, she also wrote the lyric of a well known suffragist “battle hymn”.
      Constance was a Catholic. She was from a Presbyterian background but converted to Catholicism in 1911 In London and remained a practising Catholic all her life. This distressed her mother greatly but strangely not her sister who was a Presbyterian deaconess!

      Constance and Millicent are buried in the same plot.

      Roma Scott Richardson (daughter of Albert Vincent) comments but is probably paraphrasing Muriel (daughter of Rudolph):

      "… Milly was a pianist and a soprano. Of the family, Milly appeared to have had the least ability to sing but her father who was devoted to her persevered in her training and she developed a pleasing voice and sometimes sang in concerts.”

  • Sources 
    1. [S228] DTH015 Death Richardson, William Albert, DTH015., named as a child of William Albert.

    2. [S167] BIR041 Birth Richardson, Millicent, BIR041.
      Born at sea - on the "Hesperus"

    3. [S2753] BIR163 Birth Richardson, Millicent, BIR163.

    4. [S2758] BIR168 Birth Richardson, Millicent, BIR168.

    5. [S2759] BIR169 Birth Richardson, Millicent, BIR169.

    6. [S1510] TRE Family tree - Richardson: Ian Richardson on ancestry.com.au accessed 20 Jul 2013.

    7. [S2953] DTH Death Index Queensland, Millicent Richardson; B83178; 1977.

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

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

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

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