John K. Richards

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John Kildahl Richards was born at Ballarat on 25 February 1867. Becoming a doctor he was the Honorary Medical Officer of the Old Colonists' Club.[1] He enlisted for service on 15 October 191, aged 48. He was assigned the role of a medical officer on troop ships operating between Australia and Egypt, completing two return voyages. He carried the honorary rank of Captain, later Major, but was directed to perform his duties in ‘plain clothes’ rather than military uniform. On 10 November 1915 he sailed for Suez on the Port Lincoln, and returned caring for invalids on the Ulysses. His second voyage commenced at Melbourne on 12 June 1917 on the Mooltan. On Arrival in Egypt he was transferred to the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital and served there, and at the Port Said Rest Camp, until his departure for Australia on 22 December 1918.

He returned to Ballarat after the war and his rooms were part of his home, The Beacon, 334 Lydiard Street north. Dr Richards died on 12 May 1941, aged 74 years, and was buried at Ballarat Cemetery with his wife Alice.. At that time he had been the honorary medical officer for the Ballarat Old Colonists’ for an 39 years.[2]


The World War One service of John Richards is recognised on the Ballarat Avenue of Honour, and the Honour Board of the Old Colonists' Club, Ballarat.


John Richards was married to Alice who died in February 1935.[3]

See also

Old Colonists' Association

World War One


TO THE LIFE GOVERNORS and SUBSCRIBERS CP THE BALLARAT DISTRICT ORPHAN ASYLUM. Ladies and Gentleman.— I have the honor to announce that I have been NOMINATED for one of the positions as Medical Officer to the institution, and respectfully solicit your vote. Yours faithfully, JOHN K. RICHARDS, M.D. et C.M. Honorman University and Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh; late Demonstrator of Anatomy R.C.S.E.[4]


  1. Minutes of the Old Colonists' Club, Ballarat.
  2., accessed 06 June 2020.
  3. The Argus, 26 February 1935.
  4. Ballarat Star, 29 July 1897.

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--Beth Kicinski 10:38, 24 August 2013 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 10:33, 31 May 2017 (AEST)

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