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Suttor, John Bligh (1859–1925)

Word was received from Kobe to-day of the death of Mr. John Bligh Suttor, formerly Trade Commissioner in the Far East for New South Wales. The late Mr. Suttor, who was 68 years of age, was a member of the well-known Bathurst family of that name. He was a brother of the late Sir Francis Suttor, a former President of the Legislative Council, and father of Mr. J. B. Suttor, M.L.C. Before appointment as New South Wales Trade Commissioner in 1903 the late Mr. Suttor was an engineer in the Railway Department. While in that position he was in charge of the first important extension of the Sydney tramways. He was the first man to introduce the day-labour system on the railways. During his long residence in Japan the late Mr. Suttor made himself thoroughly familiar with Japanese speech and habits, and formed a high opinion of the nation's intelligence. He did much valuable work in his capacity as Trade Commissioner. The late Mr. Suttor retired from the position at the end of June, 1922, but continued to live in Japan. He has left a widow, who is living in Sydney.

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