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Prominent South Australians - R to Z

Victor York Richardson (1894–1969)

Sportsman and broadcaster Victor Richardson was born in Adelaide and lived his whole life in the Unley district. He was an all-rounder, playing both Australian rules football and hockey for South Australia, but he is best known for his contribution to cricket. He played cricket for Australia in the 1924–25 season against England and captained Australia in South Africa in 1935–36. In the 1950s he was sporting editor of radio 5AD, and later worked at the ABC as a sports commentator on radio and television. Richardson was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1954. He was grandfather of the Chappell brothers – Ian, Greg and Trevor – all three elite Australian cricketers.

SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO VICTOR YORK RICHARDSON
Canberra
World War II service file (RAAF) – Victor York Richardson, 1939–48 A9300, RICHARDSON V Y
Sydney
Vic Richardson, 1948–51 SP368/1, 7/46/8
The Vic Richardson Story with Alan McGilvray, sound recording, 1967 C100, 88/10/322.2 M
The Vic Richardson Story, motion picture film, 1970 C475, ARCH 07F/0053
The Vic Richardson Story, motion picture film, 1970 C475, ARCH 07F/0338
Bodyline – interview with Vic Richardson by Alan McGilvray, sound recording, 1974 C100, 08/7/147 M

Sir Ross Macpherson Smith (1892–1922) and Sir Keith Macpherson Smith (1890–1955)

Keith Macpherson Smith was born in Adelaide in 1890, and his brother Ross was born in Adelaide in 1892. In December 1919 they won the prize offered by the Commonwealth Government for the first flight from England to Australia to be completed in 30 days. Ross died in a plane crash in 1922.

SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO SIR KEITH AND SIR ROSS MACPHERSON SMITH
Canberra
World War I service file – Ross Macpherson Smith, 1914–20 B2455, SMITH R P
Recommendations and suggestions for British Empire Order Honours – Captain Ross M Smith, Lt KM Smith, 1919 A12378, 5/E/5
Sir Ross and Keith Smith – War Memorial, Adelaide – display of Vickers Vimy aircraft, 1920–58 A463, 1957/3837
Logbook of Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith, 1926 A6006, 1926/09/17
Melbourne
Sir Ross and Keith Smith – 1919 flight United Kingdom to Australia, 1934 A705, 21/1/88 part 1

Dr Margaret Ada Sutherland (1897–1984)

Margaret Sutherland was a prolific composer, born in Adelaide and educated in London. She wrote music in most forms, but particularly chamber music. Her only opera, The Young Kabbarli, based on the life of Daisy Bates, was the first Australian opera recorded in Australia. In recognition of her contribution to the arts, Sutherland was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Melbourne in 1969, appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1970, and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1981.

SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO DR MARGARET ADA SUTHERLAND
Sydney
Australian composers – Margaret Sutherland, 1936–62 SP827/2, SUTHERLAND part 1
Australian composers – Margaret Sutherland, 1936–62 SP827/2, SUTHERLAND part 2
Australian composers – Margaret Sutherland, 1936–62 SP827/2, SUTHERLAND part 3
Australian composers – Margaret Sutherland, 1936–62 SP827/2, SUTHERLAND part 4
Personal files, artists and staff – Sutherland, Margaret, 1939–40 SP1558/2, 168
Margaret Sutherland, 1944–52 SP368/1, 7/51/11
ABC publicity photos – Margaret Sutherland, pianist, 1960 SP1011/1, 4382
Music of Margaret Sutherland – tape, 1964 SP1105/1, 33
Songs by Margaret Sutherland and Dorian le Gallienne, tape, 1961–67 SP1105/1, 55
Sonata for clarinet and piano – Thomas White on Clarinet, Margaret Sutherland on piano – sound recording, 1949 C1967, CC138
Bullocky, Tom O'Bedlam's song – Morris Williams and Margaret Sutherland – sound recording, 1953 C1967, RR243
Three old Australian ballads – 'The Ballad of Jack Lefroy', 'The Banks of the Condamine', 'The Overlander' – sound recording, 1955 C1967, RR251
Margaret Sutherland; Roy Agnew; Horace Keats; Alex Barnard – ABC Australian compositions – sound recording, 1955–56 C677, PRX3995
Margaret Sutherland – ABC Australian compositions – sound recording, 1956 C677, PRX4389

David Unaipon (1872–1967)

David Unaipon was born David Ngunaitponi at Raukkan (Point McLeay Mission) in South Australia. An Aboriginal man of the Ngarrindjeri nation, Unaipon was a preacher, author and inventor. In 1912 he was involved with the Aborigines' Friends' Association and also lectured and gave sermons in churches of different denominations. He spoke about Aboriginal legends and customs, and became the first Aboriginal writer to publish in English. He wrote a number of newspaper and magazine articles, retelling traditional stories and arguing for the rights of Aborigines.

Some of Unaipon's traditional Aboriginal stories were published in a 1930 book, Myths and Legends of the Australian Aboriginals, under the name of anthropologist William Ramsay Smith. They were republished in 2001 in their original form, under David Unaipon's name, as Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines.

He also published poetry and autobiographical essays. Unaipon became an influential figure in the 1920s and 1930s in the field of Aboriginal policy, assisting inquiries and royal commissions on Aboriginal welfare. In 1953 he was awarded a Coronation medal. Unaipon appears on the Australian $50 note.

SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO DAVID UNAIPON
Canberra
Aborigines' Friends' Association – application subsidy, 1926–45 [includes illustration: The Days of Long Ago, The Rev. George Taplin and David Unaipon, son of a chief of the Narringeri tribe (page 16A) - Subitem] A659, 1945/1/1470
Melbourne
David Unaipon, 1935–36 B337, 729 UNIAPON
Adelaide
David Unaipon, 1926 D4770, 1/UNAIPON D

Ian Bonython Cameron Wilson (1932–2013)

Son of Sir Keith Cameron Wilson, Ian Wilson was born in Adelaide and studied law at the University of Adelaide. He was a Rhodes Scholar and completed a higher law degree at Oxford University. Wilson worked as a lawyer and company director before turning to politics in 1966, when he was elected to the Adelaide seat of Sturt. He held the seat with only one break for more than 20 years. He retired in 1993. Wilson was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2002 and was a recipient of the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. The Archives holds a collection of his personal papers.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO IAN BONYTHON CAMERON WILSON (CP 263)
Canberra
Recorded by: Ian Bonython Cameron Wilson (CP 263)
Ministerial general subject folders, 1981 M2219
Agenda and minutes of committee meetings of the Advisory Council for Intergovernmental Relationships, 1980 M2220
Speeches, speech notes and background papers, 1980 M2221
Miscellaneous personal papers by the Hon Ian Wilson, 1981 M2272
SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO IAN BONYTHON CAMERON WILSON
Canberra
Personal papers of Prime Minister Fraser – Hon Ian Wilson – includes papers relating to statement of pecuniary interests, 1981 M1268, 358
Personal papers of Prime Minister Fraser – Ian Wilson's Commonwealth programs by electorate – Aboriginal Affairs relating to portfolio, 1982 M1350, 12

Sir Keith Cameron Wilson (1900–87)

Born in Adelaide and a graduate of the University of Adelaide, Keith Wilson became a lawyer and federal politician. He was first elected as a Senator for South Australia in 1937, serving from 1938 to 1944. Having joined the army, he was not a candidate for the Senate election held in 1943. Wilson returned to Parliament in 1949 as the House of Representatives member for Sturt in South Australia. He lost the seat at the 1954 election, but regained it in 1955.

SELECTED ITEMS RELATING TO SIR KEITH CAMERON WILSON
Canberra
World War I service file – Keith Cameron Wilson, 1914–20 B2455, WILSON K C
World War II service file – Keith Cameron Wilson, 1939–48 B883, SX4061
Photograph of Keith Cameron Wilson, LLB Liberal Party, Senate for South Australia, then House of Representatives for Sturt South Australia, 1962 A1200, L41572

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Prominent South Australians