BORN 8 October 1892
DIED NSW c1950
UNIT 15th Reinforcements – Naval Force
ENLISTED Sydney 29 February 1916
DISCHARGED Sydney 24 July 1917

 Phillip Rutlidge took up a Soldier Settlement block at Mullumbimby, NSW.  His Advance of £625 was approved on 6 January 1920 and was subsequently increased to £654.9.1. In 1922, he was judged to be one of the best settlers engaged in banana growing on the North Coast and his business in these early years financially successful.[1]  He occupied the block for three years.  In 1923, the banana crop became infested with bunchy top. In August 1923, he stated that he intended vacating the property and in June 1925 formal approval was given for the cancellation of his provisional allotment.[2] In 1930, he owed £244.10.11 which the Auditor General’s Department in Sydney, said was irrecoverable.[3]


[1] Report: Under Secretary for Lands, 7 May 1930.

[2] Auditor General to the Under Secretary, Department of Lands, 30 June, 1930.

[3] Ibid.

Sources used to compile this entry:

State Records NSW:  Department; NRS 8058, Returned Soldiers loan files, [12/6905 No. 3107] Phillip Henry Rutlidge or Rutledge

National Archives of Australia: B2455, First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers (Phillip Henry Rutlidge or Rutledge) online: