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Arthur RUTLEDGE

Male 1843 - 1917  (73 years)


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  • Name Arthur RUTLEDGE 
    Born 29 Aug 1843  Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Photos? Person (ArthurRUTLEDGE1843-1917 & ArthurRUTLEDGEv1843-1917.jpg) 
    Died 08 Feb 1917  Manly, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Wesleyan Section Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From field newsletter 9

      Arthur Rutledge

      Eldest child of James and Lucy Ann (nee Field) Rutledge
      Born: 29-8-1843 at Castlereagh
      Died: 8-2-1917 in Manly and buried Brisbane, Queensland Wesleyan Cemetery
      Married: 1. 24-3-1869 in Sydney to Mary Thomas Rabone (b.1848), daughter of Rev. Steven Rebone a Methodist Minister.
      2. 21-6-1910 at Kew Victoria to Rose Ann Davey.

      Brisbane Courier Friday 20th February 1895:
      The position of Supreme Court Crown Prosecutor will be taken by The Hon. A. Rutledge.
      The Hon. A. Rutledge was called to the Brisbane Bar in mid 1878. Prior to his becoming a barrister he successfully contested the North Brisbane constituency, but was elected with the Hon. J. R. Dickson of Enoggera at the general election of 1878, and afterwards sat for the division of Kennedy. He was appointed Attorney General in Sir Samuel Griffith’s ministry November 1883 and held that position till the ministry resigned in 1888.

      A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament 1860-1929

      By P. B. Waterson, Canberra A.N.U. Press 1972

      Arthur Rutledge. Pastoral (Wesleyan) pursuits NSW at Penrith; 1851-1855 to Drayton Qld.; 1859 Legal and Mercantile experience Sydney; 1865-1875 Wesleyan Minister Sydney & Brisbane; 1878 to Queensland Bar; 1899 Q.C.; 1902 Knighted K.C.M.G.; 1904-1905 Acting Judge; 1906 Judge to District Courts; Chairman Lands Appeals Court; 1891 representative Federal Convention; M.L.A. Enoggera 21st November 1878-21st August 1883; Kennedy 5th October 1883-11th May 1888; Charters Towers 12th May 1888-13th May 1893; Maranoa 18th March 1899-27th August 1904; contested North Brisbane 1878 Nundah 1904. Attorney General 13th November 1883-13th June 1888.

      Sir Arthur Rutledge

      The body of the late Sir Arthur Rutledge was entrained for Queensland yesterday. Lady Rutledge, accompanied by her two sons, were passengers by the train. The funeral will be held in Brisbane tomorrow.

      The Government of Queensland has condoled with Lady Rutledge, and offered to convey the body over the railways at State charges. The NSW Government has also tendered condolences. The Methodist Mission Committee has formally conveyed its sympathy to Lady Rutledge.

      Brisbane Thursday: Lady Rutledge wired the Premier today that she is leaving Sydney tonight with her husband’s body for Brisbane.

      (Sydney Morning Herald)
      Sir Arthur Rutledge by A. Meston

      The death of Sir Arthur Rutledge of Queensland recalls to me many memories of the by-gone years.

      About four weeks ago I met Sir Arthur and Lady Rutledge in King Street, and he and I compared notes, over the days when we were members of the Queensland Parliament in 1879. He and I were returned in November 1878 - he for Enoggera and I for Rosewood. For three years we sat side by side on the front cross Opposition benches with T. M. Donald Paterson and Bailey of Wide Bay.

      My first acquaintance with Sir Arthur Rutledge was in 1873 at Grafton on the Clarence River. He was then a clergyman of the Wesleyan Church. He had come from the Macleay River, where he had also been a clergyman, in the days when there were sugar mills on that river, the first sugar growing district in Australia, the industry being credited to old Thomas Scott, who introduced the first sugar cane to Australia in 1824.

      Arthur Rutledge came to Grafton in 1873, and was minister of the Wesleyan Church in Prince Street. When he sold off, with the intention of going to Queensland, I bought most of his furniture, including his breadboard, still in my possession, and marked “Spare Not!”

      He was elected to the Queensland Parliament in the days when the M’Ilwraith Ministry superseded the Douglas Ministry, and we went through all the trouble and turmoil of the steel rail discussion that poisoned the political atmosphere of Queensland for years.

      In after years, when Rutledge decided to study for the law, he interviewed his friend, George Cowlishaw, one of the proprietors of the Brisbane “Telegraph”. Mr. Cowlishaw strongly advised him to study for the Bar, and when Rutledge queried how he was going to live in the meantime Cowlishaw promptly responded, and paid Rutledge 500 pounds per annum for five years. Every penny of that money was honourably returned by Rutledge when he achieved his richly-deserved success at the Bar.

      Looking back at those old days, I have the painful remembrance that only of the 55 members returned in November 1878 there are now only five left alive!

      Sir Arthur Rutledge was a man with all the fine feelings and delicate intuitions and just sympathies of a gentleman, and the fine regard for the feelings of others, which after all is the one infallible sign of a gentleman.

      In this brief eulogy of an old friend I feel the “bitter constraint and sad occasion dear” of Milton over Lycidas, and much of Shelley’s sorrow in his “Adonals” over his beloved Keats. Shall I be debarred from mourning over the dear friend who sat beside me, with all men’s respect, in the “dear dead days beyond recall?”

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      RUTLEDGE, Sir ARTHUR (1843-1917), preacher, barrister, politician and judge, was born on 29 August 1843 at Penrith, New South Wales, son of James Rutledge, schoolmaster, and his wife Lucy, née Field. His father's work took the family to Drayton, Darling Downs, Moreton Bay District, in 1851-55, then to Sydney. Arthur began work in legal and mercantile occupations in 1859, intending to enter the legal profession. In 1865, however, he was ordained a Wesleyan minister. He married Mary Thomas Rabone at Surry Hills on 24 March 1869. His ministry took him to rural areas of New South Wales and to Brisbane, where he settled after 1875. Rutledge left the ministry, encouraged and supported financially by George Cowlishaw, to study law. He was called to the Queensland Bar in 1878.
      After unsuccessfully contesting the parliamentary seat of North Brisbane, Rutledge stood for Enoggera, which elected him and (Sir) James Dickson. He became a leading opponent of the first McIlwraith government. When prominent Liberal politicians were persuaded to secure rural seats to win office for (Sir) Samuel Griffith, Rutledge stood for Kennedy and, with his 'force and charm as a platform speaker', topped the poll in October 1883. Premier Griffith, who became his lifelong friend, appointed him attorney-general. Following an electoral redistribution, Rutledge's anti-separatist stance found favour at Charters Towers, which overwhelmingly returned him in May 1888. The government, however, lost office in June. When the Queensland parliament was invited to send delegates to the 1891 National Australasian Convention in Sydney, Rutledge was chosen as one of its seven representatives.

      After his retirement from politics on 13 May 1893, Rutledge returned to the Bar. He accepted appointment as crown prosecutor for the Southern Supreme Court on 20 December 1895. But the attraction of politics proved too strong: he resigned his position and stood for Maranoa in March 1899. Promoted by the Wesleyan connexions of the Brisbane Courier, he defeated the popular Independent Labor incumbent Robert King. Rutledge became attorney-general in Dickson's ministry and, later that year, was appointed Q.C. A member of the royal commission to scrutinize the draft code of criminal law and the bill to establish the code in 1899, Rutledge introduced and carried legislation prepared by Griffith.

      He was briefly out of office during the short tenure of the Dawson government in December 1899. In 1901 he was acting premier during (Sir) Robert Philp's absence and was knighted in June 1902 following the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York. When Philp was forced to resign as premier on 17 September 1903, Rutledge tried in vain to form a cabinet. He became leader of the Opposition when Philp declined, but failed to secure the suburban seat of Nundah in the 1904 election. During 1904-05 he twice held commissions as an acting judge of the Supreme Court.

      On 22 March 1906 Rutledge was appointed judge of District Courts, and held this office for the rest of his life, despite criticisms. During this period he also acted in rotation with his fellow judges as chairman of the Land Appeal Court. He was a painstaking, conscientious judge and 'a gentleman of the good old school'. Rutledge married Rose Ann Davey in Melbourne on 21 June 1910. Survived by his wife, and three sons and four daughters of his first marriage, he died in Sydney on 8 February 1917 and was buried in Toowong cemetery, Brisbane
    Person ID I1255  The Rawsthorne Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 

    Father James RUTLEDGE,   b. 24 May 1817, Drumkeeran, Leitrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1899, Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Lucy Ann FIELD,   b. 23 Dec 1826, Evan, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1896, Glebe Point, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 29 Jun 1842  Castlereagh, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Notes 
    • Marriage reference is wierd - there is no year shown, just a reference number.
    Family ID F370  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Mary Thomas RABONE,   b. 03 Mar 1848, Vava'u, Tonga Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1908, Tamavua, Asgog Terrace, Toowong, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 24 Mar 1869  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Children 
     1. Florence Mary Macleay RUTLEDGE,   b. 09 Dec 1869, Macleay River, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1939, Kirribilli, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     2. Harold RUTLEDGE,   b. 1871,   d. 1871  (Age 0 years)
     3. Arthur Percy Hastings RUTLEDGE,   b. 14 May 1871, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1871, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     4. Violet Rabone RUTLEDGE,   b. 08 May 1873, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1960, Geelong, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. Frederick Clarence RUTLEDGE,   b. Apr 1875, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Jul 1876, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     6. Harold Morton RUTLEDGE,   b. 25 Sep 1876, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1939, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     7. Ernest Richmond RUTLEDGE,   b. 13 Oct 1878, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1942, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     8. Olive Cowlishaw RUTLEDGE,   b. 12 Dec 1880, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948  (Age 67 years)
     9. Clifton Garfield RUTLEDGE,   b. 21 Dec 1882, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1943, Coorparoo, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     10. Ivy Victoria RUTLEDGE,   b. 06 Aug 1884, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1950, Lindfield, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F662  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Rose Ann DAVEY 
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F663  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    RUTLEDGE, Arthur (Sir)
    RUTLEDGE, Arthur (Sir)
    Portrait of Sir Arthur Rutledge, preacher, barrister, politician and judge, taken in 1883.
    A larger image can be found at http://enc.slq.qld.gov.au/slq/neg/research/093000/93933r.jpg
    RUTLEDGE, Arthur
    RUTLEDGE, Arthur

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

    2. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      IH V1842747 54

    3. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      Castlereagh, NSW, IH V????083 83 (See notes)

    4. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      296/1869, Sydney, NSW