Mosely & Richardson – Port Hedland, from 1946+

KEITH ATHOL MOSELEY (MOSELY) & EDWIN ANGUS RICHARDSON operated as aerated water manufacturers from 1946 to the 1950’s.

Moseley was born in Melbourne in 1913 and newspapers list his name as Moseley and Mosely. He was living in Port Hedland from 1914 where his mother Kathleen had a Drapery store. In 1943 he married Hope Sowden Ward of Wagin whilst serving in the RAAF.

In December 1946, Ken Hummerston arrived in Port Hedland from Roebourne to replace Edwin A Richardson at Dalgety & Company. Richardson and Moseley had now begun their aerated water enterprise. The advertising used the spelling MOSELY.  The first advertisement in the Northern Times was on 21 November 1947 and their last ad was on 29 November 1951. K A Moseley’s mother passed away in 1948 and son Keith aka Athol had worked in her store since his return from his service in WW2 and would carry on the business. Geoffrey Alexander Wyndham (also concerned with drinks in the town), wife, was a niece of Kathleen Moseley. On the Electoral Roll of 1949 Moseley is named as a shop assistant, so the manufacture of the drinks may have been left to his partner Richardson. By 1954 he had moved to Mount Hawthorn and was a salesman. He passed away in 1967 aged 54 years and is buried in Karrakatta Cemetery. His wife passed away in 1985.

EDWIN ANGUS RICHARDSON – He was born in 1914 and his parents owned Pippingarrra Station at Port Hedland. Richardson Brothers also conducted and Butcher shop in town and Edwin Angus Richardson aka Angus Richardson joined Moseley in 1946 in his aerated water business. I expect the crown seal bottles had paper labels. In November 1951, Richardson, Wyndham and Campbell Dempster were fined for using WAGM bottles and had to return the same to Perth and undertook not to use these bottles again. By 1954 Richardson was on his family property of Pippingarra Station and listed his occupation as a Clerk. Richardson was awarded an OBE for his services to the North West in 1966.  He passed away in September 1973 and is buried in the Port Hedland Cemetery with his wife Joyce, who died in 1991.

Author – Vivienne Sinclair.