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Dutton, Sir Frederick (1855–1930)

from Advertiser (Adelaide)

Sir Frederick Dutton, a distinguished Imperialist with many South Australian associations, died in England yesterday.

Sir Frederick was born in Adelaide in 1855. He was a son of Mr. F. S. Dutton, C.M.G., who was a member of the first South Australian Parliament, twice Premier, and for several years Agent-General for the State in London. Sir Frederick was educated at St. Peter's College, but upon accompanying his father to England, completed his studies at Marlborough College. He later practised as a solicitor in London, and retired in 1907. For more than forty years he was a member of the council of the Royal Colonial Institute, and exhibited great enthusiasm for Empire unity in his work in connection with the institute.

Knighted in 1921, four years later he undertook a tour of South America, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia in a successful endeavor to increase the membership of the institute in the Dominions; widen its influence, and develop the scope of its activities.

As vice-president of the institute Sir Frederick took a keen interest in migration matters and the development of the Dominions. His efforts in England were concentrated upon the promotion of Empire education, and he played a prominent part in arranging for the teaching of the history of the Empire as distinct from the history of Great Britain in schools of all classes and the universities.

In 1883 Sir Frederick married Miss Beatrice Aimee Bridges, a daughter of Colonel Charles Bridges, of Brighton, England, and took up residence at Birch Hall, Windlesham, Surrey. Lady Dutton predeceased her husband by two years.

Sir Frederick was a cousin of Mr. H. H. Dutton, of Anlaby, Kapunda, and Victor Harbour, and when in Adelaide in 1925 Sir Frederick and Lady Dutton were the guests of Mr. Dutton. Sir Frederick was also a member of the London board of the Broken Hill Proprietary Company.

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