NAME William John Rutledge
BORN Sydney, NSW abt. 1884
DIED cApril 1956
UNIT 1st Infantry Battalion
ENLISTED Randwick 18 August 1914
DISCHARGED Sydney 22 February 1919

 William Rutledge’s Advance of £625 was approved on 11 March 1920 in respect of Block 734 on Chipping Norton Soldiers Settlement.  Initially he intended working the property as a poultry farm but in 1924 sought permission to turn it into an orchard.[1]  The holding consisted of 8 ½ acres and was judged by the Department of Lands Inspector to be of ‘ fairly good quality quite suitable for poultry farming’.[2] By 1925, Rutledge has planted an acre of vegetables and asked that the money from the sale of the existing fowl pens and two of the fowl houses be sold.  He wanted to use the money from the sale to spend on growing more vegetables.  The Inspector was quite critical of this idea coming to the conclusion that if Rutledge could not make a living ‘after five years of poultry farming with the all assistance granted him by the Department and poultry food, he wouldn’t be able to make a living in the more risky occupation of market gardening’.[3]

In October 1928, it was thought that Rutledge would never be in a position to repay his liability and it was requested by the Under-Secretary of Lands that the Auditor-General give permission to write-off the accumulated debt of £708.12.9 as irrecoverable.[4]


[1] SRNSW:  Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files; [12/6971 No 3918] William John Rutledge, Report Minister for Lands, 5 November 1922.

[2] Ibid, Inspector’s Report 21 October 1925.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid, Under-Secretary for Lands Report 26 October 1928.

Sources used to compile this entry:

State Records NSW:  Lands Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files; [12/6971 No. 3918] William John Rutledge

National Archives of Australia: B2455, First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers (William John Rutledge):