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The classic story of the first-generation Australian, David began his working life at 13 in the family barber and tobacconist shop. At 35 he purchased a wholesale wine and spirits distribution business from local hotelier Jimmy Richardson. This was the seed that grew into duty free retailing; David long being regarded as the pioneer of duty free retailing in Australia.
In 1956 David made his foray into the furniture business. A handshake deal on a European adventure was the start of importation of TON Bentwood chairs and James Richardson Furniture (JRF) was born.
Property acquisitions and investment opportunities followed and today James Richardson Property and James Richardson Investments complete the third and fourth divisions of the JR/Group.
These key events underpin an entrepreneurial trajectory that is still coded within the business. That early handshake deal set the foundation for the culture of trust and relationship-building that continues to define JRF today.