1936 – 1947 – Born in Strathalbyn, South Australia on Proclamation Day, 100 years after the settlement of the State of South Australia. Went to school at Finniss, a one–room school near the family mixed farm.

1948-1954 – Boarder at Adelaide’s Scotch College.

1954-1957 – Adelaide Steamship Company trainee midshipman for coastal trade. Later seconded to the Royal Australian Navy.

1957-1959 –  Contracted poliomyelitis and spent two years at the Northfield Infectious Diseases Hospital, Adelaide. The first year in an iron lung, the second in a geriatric ward. Met future wife, nurse Kate Brinkworth. His parents then took him home to recuperate.

1960-1967 – Married Kate and ran mixed businesses from a shop at 66 King William Road, Adelaide. Hugh and Caro were born and the family moved to 16 Swift Avenue, Dulwich where Richard ran a business renting flats.

1968 – 1973 – Set up Llewellyn Galleries from his home in Dulwich, later buying out Kym Bonython’s Adelaide Gallery and promoting South Australian contemporary artists. His first marriage finished and he began living at 88 Jerningham Street, North Adelaide with new partner Becky Roberts whom he married in 1977.

1974-1977 – Studied at Flinders University for one year but they could not provide access for a second year. Went to Tucson, Arizona to meet Becky’s family and received a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Arizona. On return volunteered and was later employed at the Eastern Domiciliary Care Service as administrator. Moved to 361 Esplanade, Henley Beach in 1977. He started the first advocacy group of people with disability, Club of Physically Handicapped.

1978 – 1980 – Appointed to the National Advisory Council for the Handicapped (NACH) as the SA State Chairperson of the Australian Council for Rehabilitation of Disabled (ACROD). Was appointed to the influential Commonwealth International Year of Disabled People Non-Government Organisations (IYDP NGO) Committee. Richard shaped the body to represent people with lived experience rather than medical and industry voices with successful lobbying of the then Minister for Social Security, Margaret Guilfoyle. Travelled to national meetings with Becky and new son, Morgan.

1981 – Moved from the Health Commission to the Attorney General’s Department, was on the National Executive of ACROD and NACH and chair of the SA IYDP Government Committee with 64 departments to co-ordinate for the International Year and travelled every three weeks throughout Australia on the national IYDP NGO Committee. His travelling with the IYDP NGO committee made up of many people with disability pushed Richard to help create domestic markets for accessible hotel accommodation, accessible taxis and airline access beyond being hoisted up on a forklift pallet and cleaners’ rooms for toilets. Previously no one expected people to travel if they had mobility limitations. In December, he and many other Australians travelled to Singapore to start Disabled People’s International (DPI) to mark the end of the United Nations IYDP year.

1982 – 1984 – Working in State Government, ran the first no smoking campaign in a public hospital at the Royal Adelaide, coining the term “Butt Out”. He was active in forming Disabled People’s International Australian branch. His fourth child, Anna was born in 1982. The family continued to travel for some months as he was appointed to the Disability Advisory Council of Australia (DACA) and the national pilot study for Attendant Care in Sydney. He continued in the Attorney General’s Department and planned the 1984 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of Disabled Peoples’ International in Adelaide with Jeff Heath and others. Attended the Hawke-Keating Tax Summit as a voice of people with disability.

1985 – 1991 – Appointed to the unique post of Disability Adviser to the Premier of SA, John Bannon. Worked on transport, education, legal rights, city infrastructure, access standards, etc. Represented SA on three early Australian Standards Committees and facilitated John Bails’ research underpinning the dimensions crucial for the Access & Mobility Standard, AS1428.

1992 – Seconded from Public Service to become Executive Director of the Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of SA and Director of Access Cabs service in the first year of the Disability Discrimination Act.

1993-1994 – Created one of the first Australian Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) Action Plans for a government department in the Office of Transport Policy. Was awarded a Masters Degree in Primary Health Care at Flinders University for research on the importance of transport to health for disabled people. Moved to the Epidemiology Branch of the Health Commission and as senior research officer to State Parliament working on WorkCover, Illegal drugs and gambling addiction. In January 1994, awarded AM for service to people with disabilities.

1995-1997 – Worked in the Office of Public Employment as a counsellor in the years the government was downsizing. Moved to work with his wife Becky in a small co-op, Social Options Australia as consultants, winning a contract to help the City of Mackay set up a Disability Action Plan.

1998 – 2004 – Established Disability Consultancy Services (DCS) with wife Becky, providing disability access advice to architects, local councils and large organisations. They worked with many local councils, universities and in the arts and cultural sector of Adelaide. Becky closed the company in 2016 when she retired from their work to make Adelaide Australia’s most accessible city.

Richard visited Baxter Detention Centre many times to encourage the people in indefinite detention during the John Howard years. He received heartfelt letters and prayers from these people when his terminal condition from secondary cancer was diagnosed. He died on May 24th 2004, survived by wife Becky, four children and seven grandchildren.