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Rouse, Richard (1842–1903)

We regret to hear this week of the death of the head of the Rouse family, Mr Richard Rouse, of Guntawang, who died after a lengthy illness, at the age of 61 years. Mr Rouse was the elder son of the late Mr Edwin Rouse, of Rouse Hill, who was the oldest son living issue of the late Mr Richard Rouse, the founder of the family. Mr J. R. Rouse, the founder's eldest son and owner of the famous old racehorse 'Jorrocks' was never married. The late Mr Rouse, of 'Guntawang' was the only brother of Mr Edwin Rouse J. P., the popular squire of Rouse Hill. At one time the subject of our notice sat as the Member for Mudgee in the State Parliament, and at the time of his death was Mayor of Gulgong, which office he had held for two or three terms previously. He was a man of large ideas, and, though conservative in his opinions, was never known to withhold support from any deserving cause. One phase of life Mr Rouse never tolerated, and that was bumptiousness of the would-be-somebody mushrooms. For this reason, perhaps, he might have been unpopular with people who try to stick themselves forward without any merit to back up their pushfulness. The late Mr Rouse's mother, who will be remembered for her many kindnesses at Rouse Hill — including the gift of the Public School — still survives her son, who leaves behind him one daughter and three sons Messrs Ernest E., F., and S. Rouse, of Mudgee. Mr Rouse's wife predeceased him last year. The late Mr Rouse was born at 'Guntawang,' and was not a native of the Hawkesbury, as stated in the daily press.

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'Rouse, Richard (1842–1903)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/rouse-richard-4513/text28137, accessed 17 September 2019.

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