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Rutherford, James (1827–1911)

On the 13th of last month, after a very short illness, Mr. James Rutherford died at Mackay, Q., from bronchitis, A remarkable figure in the history of New South Wales and Queensland, Mr. Rutherford had passed through very many years of hard and rough life during the days when roads were not and routes unknown, and although he had reached the good old age of eighty-four, he was still considered to be as hale and hearty as ever. Accordingly the news of his sudden death came as' a great shock to those intimately acquainted with him. Born in New York State, U.S.A., in 1827, he came to Australia in 1852, and with Messrs. A. W. Robertson, W. F. Whitney, Walter Hall, and Walter Bradley acquired the business of Cobb and Co., mail contractors and coach proprietors. Before long the name of the firm became a household word throughout Eastern Australia. In 1862 he settled in Bathurst, N.S.W. and he and his partners became large station owners, from the Macquarie River in N.S.W, to the far west of Queensland. In 1873, in company with others, he established the first Lithgow ironworks. After the loss of the first £100,000 capital, and a similar sum having been again subscribed, he himself assumed the management, and turned the works into a profit-bearing concern. Mr. Rutherford owned Buckiinguy Station and Murrumbidgee, which a few years ago he cut up and sold; Wyagdon, near Peel, and his beautiful home at Hereford, near Bathurst, all in N.S.W. In Queensland his properties were Burrenbilla near Cunnamulla, Connemara, and Warkon on the Condamine, Ambathala, near Charleville, and Davenport Downs and Ingledoon, two large adjoining cattle runs on the Diamantina.

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'Rutherford, James (1827–1911)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/rutherford-james-886/text887, accessed 18 October 2018.

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