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John Besnard Sautelle (1871–1931)

Death of Mr. J. B. Sautelle A paragraph in the last issue of the Times mentioned the serious illness of Mr. J. B. Sautelle, of ' Hilstead,' Cathcart, but it was little thought then that his end was so near. He was brought to the Bombala Hospital on Thursday by Mr. Jonas, suffering from a chill, following an illness that had weakened his constitution to such an extent that his condition had become so serious as to cause much anxiety. He lingered until Saturday afternoon, when the community was shocked at the news of his death. Born and died on the 6th June, at the age of 59.

There was no better known man on Monaro, than the late Mr. J. B. Sautelle. He came to the late Mr. H. T. Edwards at Bibbenluke when in his early twenties, a young man full of energy and ambition. No work was too hard for him — no day too long. He did everything he was asked to do, and then more. His main object was to serve his employer well, for as he served so he hoped some day to be served.

It was the same in sport — the same in public life. He was never satisfied to be in the ruck ; neither his energy nor his ambition would let him. Quickly he rose from being secretary on the Bibbenluke Estate to the posi tion of sub-manager, and when Mr. Edwards removed to his own property at Burnima he took Mr. Sautelle with him. Time passed by and found him placed in a position of the greatest trust by his late employer — an execu tor in the estate and manager of the extensive property. The years sped on, and he relinquished these positions of trust and responsibility, and trans ferred his activities to his own smaller and compact property at 'Hilstead,' Cathcart. Here he was just beginning to establish a valuable flock of Romney Marsh and Southdown sheep when death intervened. It had for years been his aim to have one of the best studs of Romney Marsh in Australia, and he had only been hindered by his many other duties in accomplishing that object.

In sport it was the same — he had to rise above the mob. He was a keen footballer, and played some sterl ing games in his young days. He was one of our best cricketers in his prime, and the records will disclose many a big score made by 'J. B.,' as he was known familiarly by his many friends. Polo was his favorite game, and breeding polo ponies was a hobby that proved profitable as well as entertain ing. He was the winner of many trophies, of which he was as naturally proud as he was of his famous ponies. Tennis and golf clubs also found him an enthusiastic member, and only the Saturday prior to his death, sick as he was, he went to the golf links and had a few hits.

His public life in the community was a shining light to the younger generation now following him. Here, too, he was never satisfied unless he was clambering to the top of the tree. In quick succession he became Chairman of the Pastures Protection Board, President of the Shire Council, President of the Exhibition Society, and President of the Graziers' Association. Some of these positions he held for several terms. During his lengthy term of office as President of the Shire Council he took an active part in the establishment of the two new feeding roads to the town and district — the Rockton-Cann River road and the Mt. Darragh road. He was also a keen supporter of the Church of England, and was for many years a Church Warden, his latest work being in connection with the erection of a new rectory. He was a liberal subscriber to the church funds, as he was to all public funds. He was also a member of the Local Land Board.

The burial service in St. Matthias' Church on Monday morning was con ducted by the Rev. S. Broadfoot, in the presence of a large assembly of mourners and friends. The funeral cortege then proceeded to the Bombala cemetery, where the service was con cluded. The coffin bearers were the Councillors of the Bibbenluke Shire Council, Stevenson (Pres.), McKay, Keys, Jennings, Wright, and the Engineer (Mr. Rawlinson). The P.P. Board was represented by the Chair man, Mr. A. H. Jeffreys, and several of the Directors ; and the Exhibition Society by Mr. Maslin (President) and Mr. Jonas (Secretary). All other public and sporting bodies were repre sented. Many employees, past and present, of the Burnima and Bibben luke Station attended to show their respect. At the conclusion of the church service the members of the Mountain Lodge (Masonic) held the service of the Order, of which the deceased had been a Past Master. The ceremony was conducted by P.W.M. Bro. S. Clark and W.M. Bro. W. Wilton.

At the loss of their loved one the community extends its deepest sym pathy to Mrs. Sautelle (widow), Joyce and Barbara (daughters), and John, Max, and Peter (sons).

The floral tributes were as follows: —

Mrs. L. E. Walcott
Miss V. Medd
Mrs. Cassidy and family
Miss A. E. Edwards
Mrs. J. C. Maslin
Mr. and Mrs. Wildash
Mr. and Mrs. Knox and daughter
Mr. and Mrs. Newton and family
Mr. and Mrs. J. Suitor and family
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Cotterill and family
Mr. and Mrs. Chandler
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McCoy and family
Mr. and Mrs. W. Lane
Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Tooth
Mr. R. and Miss N. Snelling
Mr. and Mrs. Stanford
Mr. and Mrs. Thorne and family
Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Edwards and family
Mr. and Mrs. Roper
Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Walcott
Mr. and Mrs. F. Newport and family
Mr. and Mrs. Cullen and family
Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Snelling
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Litchfield and family
Mr. K. and Mr. and Mrs. D. Garnock
Rev. and Mrs. Broadfoot
Mr. W. Harris and family
Mr. Ogilvy and family (Mosman)
South Bukalong Airlie Park Wollingubrah
Messrs. K. and G. Lane
Mr. V. Gerard
The Councillors and Officers of the Bibbenluke Shire
The Members Bombala Exhibition Socty
Members of Lodge Mountain No. 190
Bombala Bombala Cricket Club
Mrs. J. B. Sautelle
Joyce, John, Max, Peter, and Barbara Sautelle.

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'Sautelle, John Besnard (1871–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 April 2024.

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6 June, 1871


6 June, 1931 (aged 60)
Bombala, New South Wales, Australia

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