John Richards was a politician in the colony of South Australia.
He was born in Helston, Cornwall and emigrated to South Australia, arriving on the Duke of Bedford in December 1848.
He acquired a considerably knowledge of mining, particularly copper mining, and wrote on the subject for The Register, the London Mining Journal and other publications, and ran a successful business in the mining districts of Yorke"s Peninsula. He also wrote eloquently and forcefully in defence of Graham Berry. He represented Wallaroo in the South Australian House of Assembly from February 1875 to April 1878.
He took to drink, and was jailed in 1882 for uttering a valueless cheque.
He died at the Destitute Asylum, where he had been incarcerated since 1909. Their children included:
Herbert Stanley Richards married Katherine May "Tot" ( –6 July 1931), lived at 3 King Edward Avenue, Lower Mitcham
Was he related to Robert Stanley Richards (1885–1967), a later member for Wallaroo?.