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Joseph Edward RAWSTHORNE

Male 1857 - 1938  (81 years)


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  • Name Joseph Edward RAWSTHORNE  [1
    Born 20 Mar 1857  Carrawobitty Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Photos? Grave (9777-27), Grave (DSC_1905) 
    Residence Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 22 Oct 1898  Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1900  Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1936  Forbes, Calare, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1937  Forbes, Calare, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 15 Aug 1938  Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Buried Forbes Cemetery, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Old Anglican Section 1, C03
    Notes 
    • Joseph was a wealthy man, Owning the "Carawobitty" station on the Bogan river.

      Joseph Edward Rawsthorne second child of James and Jane Rawsthorne.
      Born: 20/3/1857 at Carrawobitty Station, Forbes.
      Died: 15/8/1938 at Forbes and buried Church of England portion of the Forbes Cemetery. Aged 81 years (headstone)
      Married: 11/2/1879
      Maria Louisa Morris, daughter of Grant and Mary Morris of Bogabigal according to the Church of England rites.
      Born: 21/8/1856 at Walla Walla, Forbes.
      Died: 18/3/1943 at Forbes aged 85 years and buried C. of E. portion of Forbes Cemetery (headstone)

      Biographical data Forbes Times.12/6/1914

      Mr. J. E. Rawsthorne of Melrose Station, Condobolin, passed through Forbes per motor on Wednesday in route for Sydney. We understand that Mr. Rawsthorne the other day sold his “Glenariff” property on the Bogan at a profit of something like 20,000 pounds and is now contemplating the purchase of a portion of “Merriwee” within a few miles of the town of Condobolin.

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      Forbes Advocate - Tuesday 16th August, 1938

      Obituary -

      Mr Joseph Edward Rawsthorne

      One of Forbes oldest and best respected citizens in the person of Joseph Edward Rawsthorne passed away at the home of his son Mr. James Rawsthorne, early yesterday morning at the advanced age of 81 years. Besides his aged widow he is survived by one son and two daughters, Mrs. Speedie (New Zealand) and Mrs. Burrows (of the Commonwealth, Cootamundra). The funeral of the deceased will take place at 3-30pm today when it will move from St. Johns Church of England for the local cemetery. Mr. A. G. Jones having charge of arrangements.

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      Forbes Advocate _ Tuesday 23rd August, 1938

      THE LATE JOSEPH RAWSTHORNE

      Noted Horse and Cattle breeder and Racing Enthusiast

      A Forbes Native

      By the death last week of Mr. Joseph Edward Rawsthorne, Forbes district lost one of it's oldest native born residents, and one who lived practically the whole of his 81 years in this and the adjoining Condobolin district.

      The late Mr Rawsthorne was born on March 20 1857 at Carrawobitty Station, Forbes the home of his parents Mr and Mrs James Rawsthorne. His mother was the widow of Mr J Watkins, of Blowclear (now Nelungloo) and his farther was remarkable for the fact that although he lost his eyesight at 19 years of age from sandyblight, he lived to ripe old age and was a most active worker on his property despite his disability. Bogabigal also held by him took in Prairielands and other surrounding separate properties of today. At one time or another, the Rawsthornes had three homesteads on Carrawobbity. First was on the river where the subject of this sketch was born but on account of floods the main residence was removed to Muddy Water Lagoon (now Perry's). The homestead site was finally that where Mr R W Coward today has his present palatial home on the main North Condobolin Road. Prior to removal here the homestead site was occupied by a roadside hotel kept Mr Jonnie Dunn who also suffered an infirmity of blindness and who in after conducted a hotel in Johnson Street, Forbes, round the site of Marist Brothers College.

      When he was only 14 years of age and attending school in Forbes, Mr. Joseph Rawsthorne would take the rations cart to the Shepherds camped on the far-flung boundaries of the two properties. There were no fences in those days and travelling over the countryside was not a convenient thing it is today. For a time deceased spent time at a finishing school in Sydney but when he was at the age of 16 years his father purchased Gulgalma property in the Condobolin district and sent him there to take charge of it. That was practically the only time he spent outside the Forbes district and its environs. It also represented his early start in life. Later, however he returned to his father's property at Carrawobbity.

      Big Property Owner

      His marriage to Miss Maria Morris, whose father, the late Grant Morris, owned Walla Walla (now Hall’s) which at that time included Riversleigh (Gibson’s), united two old district families, for the deceased’s father James had come to Carrawobitty with his father from Hartley when he was only 8 years of age, while Mrs. Joseph Rawsthorne was born at Walla Walla. The widow and a son and two daughters still survive and it is interesting to note that Mrs. Rawsthorne celebrated her 82nd birthday last Sunday, receiving many congratulations at her son’s home in Bandon Street. Joseph Rawsthorne remained at Carrawobitty till 1888, when the property was sold to the late Mr. H. B. Coward, father of Mr. R. W. Coward. They then established a home on Camp Hill, Forbes and Mr. Rawsthorne purchased “Tomanbil” , of 12,000 acres, portion of which is still held by his son, James. He also purchased from Mr. Cyrus Crowe the well-known Woringragong property, which he sold to the late Mr. George Thornton in 1897. Another district property held by him about this time was Grawlin (2,000 acres) which he also sold to Mr. H. B. Coward later. While holding “Tomanbil”, he also leased McCormack’s property of 5,000 acres adjoining “Wandary” while during the period he had Woringargong, he leased “The Bungalow” on the north side of the river, for a term.

      In the Condobolin district Mr. Rawsthorne at different times owned Dine Dine Station, Melrose (35,000 acres), Eulandool (the subject of considerable litigation a few years ago) and Merriwee (18,000 acres) which later river frontage country7 he3 purchased from the Hon. George Lee of Bathurst. Another Condobolin district property which he owned was Gundamere. Deceased also held a fairly large property at Mt. Hope, which he also sold to a Mr. A. B. Triggs and Glenariff, a leasehold area of 250,000 acres at Byrock, while he made considerable investment in town properties at Forbes.

      STOCK BREEDING OPERATIONS

      The late Mr Rawsthorne was a noted breeder of Durham cattle, draught and blood horses and he raced a number of this own horses. In the early 80's, while Carrawobitty, he went to Melbourne and purchased a Durham bull named Cleveland; for which he paid three hundred guineas. Then from the Hon. George Lee, from Bathurst, he secured 20 stud book heifers, and his cattle were unbeaten in the show rings at any surrounding centres till Messrs. Edols. Bros., of Big Burrawang imported Durham cattle from England and started breeding on a large scale. A bull on Jemalong did stud duty at the high fee of 20 guineas and Mr Rawsthorne sent many of his heifers to him. He also bred Herefords and Shorthorns, and in 1901 was unbeaten in these classes in Forbes, Parkes and Grenfell Shows.

      The life-long love of a good horse, Mr Rawsthorne was a breeder of draughts and had such sires as Emperor and Lochan Lad on Carrawobbity. Another Clydesdale Station he bought at the Sydney sales was the New Zealand bred Douglas, by Wallace, a prolific sire in this district. He also purchased at a high figure, the draught horse Gun Shot, after he had won the two year old championship prize at the Sydney Show, and stood him in this district. Mr. Rawsthorne also purchased the blood stallion Ollite, by Marabalong from Bridesmaid, whose sire was Yarrendon and after winning a number of races with him retired him to stud, his progeny winning many races at country meetings, Marsden and Tichborne held particularly good race meeting in those days and Mr. Rawsthorne raced horses with success at these meetings as well as at Forbes, Grenfell, Parkes, Condobolin and as far north as Bourke. He had always been a supporter and member of the Forbes show society and Jockey Club and served as a committee man on both bodies, while the Forbes Picnic Race Club, in the early days, had no more loyal member. As a matter of fact, in the days he was at Carrawobitty he was the originator of the race club which annually conducted meetings there, in the manner of those held of those held earlier on the old Wowingragong course, where his father before him won a race with Jack straw at the first race meeting ever conducted on the Lachlan River in these parts. By the demise of Mr Joseph Rawsthorne, Forbes loses a man who left his mark on the early pages of district history, and one who throughout his long lifetime was highly spoken of and esteemed for his kindly disposition and straight dealing.

      BIG PROPERTY OWNER

      His marriage to Miss Maria Morris, whose late father the late Grant Morris, owned Walla Walla (now Hall's) which at that time included Riversliegh (Gibson's) united two old district families, for the deceased's father, James, had come to Carrawobbity with his father from Hartley when he was only eight years of age, while Mrs Joseph Rawsthorne was born on Walla Walla. The widow and a son and two daughters still survive, and it is interesting to note that Mrs Rawthorne celebrated her 82nd. Birthday last Sunday, receiving many congratulations at her son's home in Bandon St. The Joseph Rawsthorne's remained at Carrawobitty till 1888 when the property was sold to the late Mr. H. B. Coward, father of Mr. R W Coward.

      They then established home on Camp Hill, Forbes and Mr Rawsthorne purchased Tomanbil of 12,000 acres, portion of which is still held by his son James. He also purchased from Mr Cyrus Crowe the well known Wowingragong property, which he sold to the late Mr George Thornton in 1897. Another district property held by him about this time was Grawlin (2000 ac) which he also sold to Mr H B Coward later. While holding Tomanbil he also leased McCormack's property of 5000 acres adjoining Wandary, while during the period that he had Wowingragong he leased The Bungalow on the North side of the river for a term.
      In the Condobolin district Mr Rawsthorne at different times owned Dine Dine station, Melrose (35,000 acres) Eulandool (the subject of considerable litigation a few years ago) and Merriwee (18,000 acres) which latter river frontage country he purchased from the Hon. George Lee, of Bathurst. Another Condobolin district property which he owned was Gundermere. Deceased also held a fairly large property at Mt. Hope which he sold to Mr A B Triggs, and Glenariff leasehold of 250,000 acres at Byrock, while he made considerable investment in town property at Forbes
    Person ID I119  The Rawsthorne Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 

    Father James RAWSTHORNE,   b. 26 Jan 1834, Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1890, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Jane MORRIS,   b. 04 Mar 1824, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1900, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 08 Aug 1854  Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Family ID F52  Group Sheet

    Family Maria Louisa MORRIS,   b. 21 Aug 1856, Walla Walla Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1943, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 11 Feb 1879  Bogabagil Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • The marriage may have taken place 14.2.1878 instead.
    Children 
     1. Grant RAWSTHORNE,   b. 19 Jul 1880, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1880, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Joseph Ernest RAWSTHORNE,   b. 03 Aug 1882, Carrawobitty Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Apr 1919, Condobolin, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
     3. Ada Louisa RAWSTHORNE,   b. 24 Sep 1884, Carrawobitty Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1929, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     4. Stanley William RAWSTHORNE,   b. 11 Nov 1885, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Oct 1918, France, during WWI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     5. Thomas Leslie RAWSTHORNE,   b. 24 Aug 1887, Carrawobitty Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1893, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
     6. Florence Olive RAWSTHORNE,   b. 08 Sep 1889, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1924, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
     7. Elsie Gertrude RAWSTHORNE,   b. 15 Mar 1891, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1955, Burwood, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     8. James RAWSTHORNE,   b. 1892,   d. 23 Jul 1956, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     9. Jane Lydia RAWSTHORNE,   b. 1893
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F54  Group Sheet

  • Headstones
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    Plot: Old Anglican Section 1, C03

  • Sources 
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    2. [S79] From a Distant Field, Colin Field, Book: Version 3 (Self Published).

    3. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      Forbes, NSW, 1938-17833

    4. [S176] Kelvyn RAWSTHORNE.

    5. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages, V1854798 41.