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Walter Richardson : 17-June-2011
Walter Richardson : 17-June-2011

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A marble tablet erected at the gravesite by the Bread and Cheese Club commemorates Walter L. Richardson, the father of novelist Henry Handel Richardson.

Henry Handel Richardson' was the pen-name of Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, who was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1870. Her father was a medical graduate of Edinburgh University, and her mother was the daughter of a Leicester solicitor; they married after migrating to Australia during the Victorian goldrushes. After her father's death in 1879, her mother worked as a postmistress in country towns, but later she was able to take Ethel and her sister Lilian to Europe, to study music at Leipzig. Ethel, who became a skilled pianist, married John George Robertson, a science graduate turned philologist. Robertson was appointed Professor of German and Scandinavian Languages and Literatures at London University in 1903, where he became one of the foremost scholars of his day. By this time Ethel had begun to write, having given up all thought of a musical career. Her first novel, Maurice Guest, was published in 1908 and had a number of imitators. Her second, The Getting of Wisdom, published in 1910 was described by H. G. Wells as the best school story he knew. Her most important work was The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, published in three volumes, comprising Australia Felix, The Way Home and Ultima Thule, from 1917 to 1929.

Location

Address:Princes Highway, Tower Hill Cemetery, Tower Hill, 3283
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.326756
Long: 142.388206
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Community
Monument Manufacturer:Bread and Cheese Club
Link: http://adb.anu.edu.au/

Dedication

Front Inscription

In Loving Remembrance
            of 
W. L. RICHARDSON M.D. 
WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 
August 1st 1879
Father of 
HENRY HANDEL RICHARDSON  
Famous Australia Authoress
Father Thy Will Not Mine Be Done

 

Source: MA,VMR,RHSV, ADB
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