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Lady Mary Thomas Rutledge (1848–1908)

The hearts of the women of Queensland went out in sympathy to Sir Arthur Rutledge and his family (says the 'Courier.') when the news was circulated that they had been suddenly bereaved of a wife and mother. Lady Rutledge has been so much identifitd with the life of Qousonulad that every one felt that a much-beloved lady, near and dear, had passed from their midst. Lady Rutledge was a native of New South Wales. the daughter of the late Rev. B. Rabone of Sydney. She had not enjoyed her usual excellent health for the past two years, but no serious symptoms appeared until Saturday last, and even then the worst results were not anticipated. Unfortunately the disease took a rapid turn for the worse, and Lady Rutledge passed suddenly away on Tuesday morning about half-past 12 o'clock. In addition to Sir Arthur Rutledge, she leaves four daughters and three sons. The former are Mrs. C. B. Fletcher (New South Wales), who arrived in Brisbane on Tuesday night; Mrs. Snell (wife of the Rev. J. Snell, both at present visiting England); Mrs. Wilcox, (Sydney); and Miss Rutledge, who was privileged to be in attendance on her mother when she passed away. The funeral took place yesterday morning to the Toowong Cemetery. At the graveside there was a large gathering, representatives at Parliament, the Church, the law, and the public life of the State generally. The wreaths were received were very numerous. The Rev. G. E. Rowe conducted the funeral service.

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'Rutledge, Lady Mary Thomas (1848–1908)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 26 July 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Rabone, Mary Thomas

3 March, 1848
Vava'u, Tonga


16 June, 1908 (aged 60)
Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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