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Rutledge, William Forster (1851–1912)

William Rutledge, n.d.

William Rutledge, n.d.

from Pastoralists' Review, 15 March 1912

Mr. William Foster Rutledge, a very well-known New South Wales pastoralist, died at Goulburn, N.S.W., last month. Mr. Rutledge was the owner of Gidleigh Station, near Bungendore, and having been associated with pastoral matters all his life, he was an experienced and active worker in all that concerned the industry. He was born at Carwoola, Molonglo, New South Wales, and was the eldest son of the late Mr. Thomas Rutledge, and was just sixty-one years of age. Mr. Rutledge was educated at Macquarie Fields School, and on leaving went to Sydney University, where he obtained his B.A. degree. He then managed Gidleigh for his father. 

He took great interest in the public affairs of the Queanbeyan district, and was a frequent visitor to Goulburn, having a large circle of friends in that district. He was the first president of Yarrowlumla Shire Council, and was vice-president of the Golf Club. He was a vice-president of the Tirranna Picnic Race Club, and held a similar office in the Goulburn Musical and Operatic Society. Mr. Rutledge had fine personal qualities, and was held in esteem by members of all classes of the community, including those brought as employees into frequent association with him.

As a pastoralist Mr. Rutledge was highly successful, and Gidleigh, his fine property, was a splendid example of his capacity for station management. He married Miss Morphy, daughter of the late Major Morphy, and his widow and two children survive him.

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