James Richmond was born at Hamilton ,Lanarkshire in Scotland on 24th November 1840.He migrated to Australia at age 21, on the sailing vessel "City of Melbourne", arriving 23rd July,1862.He made his way to the Ballarat district and secured a position as head teacher at Weatherboard Hill State School. On 25th April 1866 he was selected as the first full time Shire Secretary, at a starting salary of 250 pounds per annum, (the previous position having only been part time). On February 26th 1867 James married Annie Dobson and they had four sons and two daughters. Their residence was a dwelling attached to the original Shire Offices at Learmonth.During his term he took on various other roles. In July 1873 "Richmond Park" on the foreshore of Lake Learmonth was named in his honour.James Richmond died on 29th December,1879 (while still in office),from a severe attack of rheumatic fever at age 39, leaving Annie to raise their six children.
First fulltime Shire Secretary of the Ballarat shire,1866-1879.
Coloured painting of James Richmond set in narrow brown frame with cream mount and narrow "gold" edge around painting.in bottom right corner is marked "James Richmond age 28 1868" and on the right "W.H. R.A.S. May 1868.
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JAMES RICHMOND age 28 1868. W.H. R.A.S. May 1868