(1806–47) began a long family involvement in the law when he followed the rest of his family to NSW in 1835 after being called to the Bar in London. His ability was quickly realised and he established a large practice. Obviously a passionate advocate, he was gaoled by the chief justice, Alfred Stephen, in 1846 for contempt of court, after almost coming to blows with the opposing counsel. Richard also took up land in the Hunter Valley where, among other agricultural activities, he made wine. He was elected to the Legislative Council in 1843, where he pursued his commitment to free trade, education, and law reform. His active membership of the Aborigines Protection Society followed on his recognition of the legal disadvantages they suffered during the trials for the Myall Creek massacre.
From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.