The death of Mr. Roderick John Matheson, which occurred in the Red Sea during April, removes a prominent figure from pastoral circles in South Australia. Mr. Matheson, who has been a great battler in the saltbush areas in the northern part of South Australia, was on a trip to Europe with his family, and after an illness of a few days, died when the vessel was half way across the Red Sea. Mr. Matheson was a most popular man, and many friends in South Australia mourn his death at a comparatively early age. He went with his brother Kenneth in 1882 to Port Darwin, on behalf of the late Dr. Browne, and remained there on a cattle run for three and a-half years. At this time his brother, Mr. Simon Matheson, was managing Buckland Park for the same owner, and on the return of deceased to Adelaide Dr. Browne gave him the management of Nilpena and Arkaba Station. With Mr. John Lewis the late Mr. Matheson subsequently bought Nilpena Station, and at a later date also purchased his partner's share. He then got possession of Myrtle Springs and Leigh's Creek Stations, which were previously managed by his brother Kenneth, but the latter property was disposed of last year.
'Matheson, Roderick John (1862–1913)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/matheson-roderick-john-1223/text1208, accessed 25 March 2017.