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Arthur Richardson

Arthur Richardson was the first cyclist to cross Australia‘s stifflingly hot Nullabor Plain in 1896. He described the heat as “1,000 degrees in the shade”. The harrowing conditions weren’t enough to put him off though. Four years later, Richardson set another first: cycling around Australia.

His ride totaled some 18,000km and was recorded in his book, Story of a Remarkable Ride. Sadly, Richardson was badly injured in World War I and this plagued him. He became mentally ill and in 1939 he committed suicide, after killing his second wife.

You can read a 1900 newspaper article about Richardson ride online, from the archives of the Australian National Library. It comes in 3 parts: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

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3 Responses to “Arthur Richardson”

  1. Elizabeth Richardson says:

    Great, he was my grandfather, i’m really proud of him.
    My father was James Arthur Richardson Bedwell, who lives in Chile.

    • June Bagley Richardson says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Arthur Richardson was my great uncle. The Richardson family in Australia are all very proud of him too. I am researching the family history of the Richardsons and have done quite alot on Arthur, although I am missing details of his family in Chile. I was hoping that we could correspond off line and exchange family history details.
      I hope to hear from you.
      Regards
      June Bagley Richardson.

  2. June Bagley Richardson says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    Did Arthur and Gwendolin only have one child?

    Bye for now
    Regards
    June Bagley Richardson.

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