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Peter Richards

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Born in Brisbane in 1947 and raised on the Redcliffe Peninsula, Peter is one of eight children of William Henry Richards and Jean Matthews. Peter spent ten years in Toowoomba at boarding schools.

Firstly from 1955 to 1958 at Freneau Park College and from 1959 to 1964 at Downlands College Toowoomba.

Peter Freneau Park

Peter at Lone Pine in Freneau Park College uniform

Freneau Park (Freneau Park was known as St. Helens before it was a school)

Freneau Park was a working dairy farm in 1955.

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Accountancy Career

After leaving Downlands College in 1964 Peter started his working career employed by Francis Patrick Malone of F.P. Malone & Co - Public Accountants and Auditors of 154 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley. Peter's early work years were in the field of Accounting, Taxation and Auditing.

Saturdays were taken up working for his Dad - A Brisbane Registered Paddock Bookmaker. Immediately after his 18th birthday Peter obtained his licence to work for his father at the racecourse. You cannot obtain a Clerk's Licence until you turn 21 unless you work for your father who is also a registered Bookmaker

Peters 21st Birthday

Frank Malone, Peter Richards, Jean and Bill Richards at Donkin Street, Scarborough - Peter's 21 Birthday 1968.


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Peter moved to Sydney in 1970 and worked for a Taxation Specialist, Kevin Roberts of K T Roberts and Co.

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Sydney 1970

John and Gwen Harrigan were clients of Kevin Roberts and were joint owners of Sydney Bistros with Keith and Dennis Wong.

Sydney Bistros operated both Whisky-Au-Go-Go and Bonapartes at Kings Cross, Hawaiian Eye Bistro and Stagecoach Restaurant.

At one time Sydney Bistro's was the operator of Chequers International Theatre Restaurant.


Chequers Nightclub was jointly operated by Keith Wong and Dennis Wong of the Mandarin Club and Transworld Importing Agency and by John Harrigan of Sydney Bistro's.

Mandarin Club - The old one

Peter was able to to see a number of Overseas artists who appeared at Chequers Nightclub including Shirley Bassey and The Four Tops.

John Harrigan Promotions

Sammy Davis Jr Brocure March 1970

Sammy Davis Jr appeared at Chequers Night Club in March 1970 just before his employment with Kevin Roberts.

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Peter prepared the Income Tax Returns for a number of Overseas Artists while employed by Kevin Roberts. Keven, in those days, operated out of Richards Building 55 Rowe Street, Sydney and occupied the sixth floor. Sydney Bistros Pty Ltd sub-leased the fourth floor from Kevin Roberts. The building was on the corner of Castlereagh Street and Rowe Street and was known as "Richards" English Mensware store. The 'Hotel Australia' was next door.

The building on the left of the 'Hotel Australia' is 'Richards House'. Rowe Street was in between.

Hotel Australia

Hotel Australia - Castlereagh and Rowe Street Sydney

Richards Mensware

F V Richards Shopping Bag

F V Richards - Mensware Store

F V Richards Brass Plaque

Sydney in 1970 was a leave destination for R & R for those involved in the Vietnam War.


This was the Karumba Fire Station when I visited Karumba in 1970/1971.

Karumba Mini Moke Fire Engine

Click on Image for a larger one. - Peter Richards (Red T Shirt) and Jim Bullivant (Hat) and sons visit the Albert Hotel Normanton Northern Australia 1970/1971 on way to Karumba
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