WILLIAM RUTLEDGE, EARLY OVERLANDER AND PIONEER OF KILMORE AND PORT FAIRY, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA.
William's biography makes no mention of the Special Survey that he missed out on or the selections he obtained in lieu of his failed application, although passing mention is made to one of these.
WILLIAM'S SELECTION AT BULLA
At the time that I wrote this journal, I didn't think to check if there was a biography about William and had no idea of his prominent role as a Port Fairy pioneer.
His partnership with Benjamin Baxter would be of interest to Baxter descendants. The four brothers that he brought out are named in his biography but there was no detail of the two sisters who accompanied them. Their father was James Rutledge and their mother was Martha, nee Forster.
One of the brothers was Thomas, whose son, William, is the subject of an obituary.
WILLIAM FORSTER RUTLEDGE
THE OVERLANDER'S DEATH RECORD AND OBITUARY.
EventDeath Event registration number7604 Registration year1876
Family nameRUTLEDGE Given namesWilliam SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameMartha (Forster) Place of birthCAVA Place of death Age70 Spouse's family nameKIRK Spouse's given namesEliza
HIS BROTHER, RICHARD.
EventDeath Event registration number15922 Registration year1887
Family nameRUTLEDGE Given namesRichard SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameMartha (Forster) Place of birth Place of deathWARRN'BOOL Age77 Spouse's family nameDICKINSON Spouse's given namesAlice
HIS BROTHER, LLOYD.
EventDeath Event registration number8357 Registration year1858
Family nameRUTLEDGE Given namesLloyd SexUnknown Father's nameJames Mother's nameMartha (Unknown) Place of birthCAVA Place of death Age31 Spouse's family nameBENNETT Spouse's given namesIsabella
There are no VICTORIAN BDM death records for Thomas, who remained in N.S.W., John who moved to California, or the two sisters (under the RUTLEDGE surname) so they must have either married or stayed with Thomas.
The Overlander's biography made reference to special surveys, such as one containing today's Kilmore, that William had bought. The short-lived scheme of 1841 involved purchases of eight square miles outside the settled district such as Dendy's at the north end of the future parish of Moorabbin and Jamieson's (today's Safety Beach and east to Bulldog Creek Rd.) As the purchase price was paid in London, there was uproar in Port Phillip and the scheme was abandoned. The next Special Survey of which I was aware was William John Turner Clarke's huge one in 1850 so I thought the Rutledge special surveys might actually have been pastoral leases.
However this theory has been dispelled by the 1918 obituary of William's son, Thomas R.(sic)Rutledge (and a Wikipedia article about special surveys*.) The headline was rather careless as the deceased was referred to as T.F.Rutledge in the seventh line!
THOMAS FORSTER RUTLEDGE
EventDeath Event registration number7189 Registration year1918
Family nameRUTLEDGE Given namesThos Forster SexUnknown Father's nameRutledge Wm Mother's nameEliza (Kirk) Place of birth Place of deathArm Age73
*1841 SPECIAL SURVEYS
Another 1876 obituary states that William had come to Australia with his uncle, Dr. Forster.
It was no surprise that a Thomas Forster Rutledge had married Marion Mildred Manifold but where the wedding took place was a surprise and explains why no marriage record was found on Victorian BDM.
RUTLEDGE—MANIFOLD.— On the 14th October, in England, Lieut. T. Forster Rutledge, Royal Flying Corps, second son of T. F. Rutledge,late of Werronggurt, Warrnambool, to Marian Mildred, eldest daughter of W. Thomson Manifold, of Purrumbete, Weerite, Camperdown. (By Cable.) (P. 61, The Australian, 13-11-1915.)
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Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.