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Novelle Hamilton Richards
(24 November 1917 - 1986)
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Sir Novelle Hamilton Richards, KCGN
Former Parliamentarian, Antigua and Barbuda

Sir Novelle Hamilton Richards was a former Antiguan parliamentarian. He was the composer of the lyrics of the Antigua and Barbuda National Anthem.

Early life and education

Novelle Hamilton Richards was born on 24 November, 1917, in the historic village of Liberta to Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Richards. He attended the Grace Hill and the Antigua Grammar Schools and the London Polytechnic Institute in England. At the London Polytechnic, Novelle successfully pursued the Diploma Course in Journalism.

Career

Sir Novelle Richards represented St. John's Rural South (1951 - 1960) for the Antigua Labour Party.

Following the attainment of Independence from Great Britain he was elected first President of the Antigua and Barbuda Senate and later that same year, he was appointed by the Governments of the East Caribbean to be the first Diplomatic Trade Commissioner to Canada.

He was the composer of the lyrics of the National Anthem of Antigua and Barbuda. He has also penned several other publications, including The Struggle and the Conquest, Tropic Gems, Twilight Hour, and Vines of Freedom.

Personal life

Sir Novelle is the grandfather of Gaston Browne, current Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.

Death

Sir Novelle Hamilton Richards died in Antigua in 1986, while performing the duties of Governor-General’s Deputy.

ELECTION TIMELINE
Year District Party Votes % votes Result Notes
1956 St. John's Rural South Antigua Labour Party 941 97.41% Won  
1951 St. John's Rural South Antigua Labour Party - - Won uncontested
PARLIAMENTARY TIMELINE
Post Chamber Party Date
MP for St. John's Rural South Legislative Council ALP 1951 - 1960
Sources
http://www.amazon.com/The-Struggle-Conquest-Novelle-Richards/dp/1592320678
http://www.seaburnbooks.com/sir_novelle_richards.htm
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Novelle Richards
QUICK FACTS
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Occupation Author, Politician, Diplomat
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Date of Birth 24 November 1917
Place of Birth Liberta, Antigua and Barbuda
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Date of Death 1986
Place of Death Antigua and Barbuda
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Notable Accomplishments
Former Parliamentarian
Composer of the lyrics of the National Anthem
Member of the House of Representatives of the West Indies Federation: 1958-1962
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