Arthur Rutledge

Sir Arthur Rutledge (1843 – 1917) preacher, barrister, politician and judge
Sir Arthur Rutledge, preacher, barrister, politician and judge, was born on 29 August 1843 at Penrith, New South Wales. His ministry took him to rural areas of New South Wales and to Brisbane, where he settled after 1875. Rutledge left the ministry, to study law. He was called to the Queensland Bar in 1878 and was also acting Queensland premier.

Sir Arthur Rutledge, 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.

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.

Rutledge became Queensland attorney-general and 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.

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’.

Complete article : http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110498b.htm
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