New Zealand volcano: first Australian victims of White Island disaster named – updates

Family of Julie and Jessica Richards from Brisbane are ‘united in grief’ after receiving confirmation from New Zealand police 3.41am GMT A friend of Julie and Jessica Richards, the first Australians to be named as victims of the disaster, has...

New Zealand volcano: first Australian victims of White Island disaster named – updates

Family of Julie and Jessica Richards from Brisbane are ‘united in grief’ after receiving confirmation from New Zealand police

A friend of Julie and Jessica Richards, the first Australians to be named as victims of the disaster, has said the family are “united in grief” after receiving a call from New Zealand police this morning.

John Mickel said the family wished the mother and daughter to be remembered as “outdoor and adventurous people”. “They really loved the cruise atmosphere but more particularly they loved the adventurism that went with all the outdoor sports.”

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