The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Rutledge, Hon. Arthur

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Rutledge, Hon. Arthur, M.L.A., son of James and Lucy Ann Rutledge, was born at Castlereagh, N.S.W., in 1843, and went with his father to Darling Downs, Queensland, returning with him in 1855. He entered the Wesleyan Church, but retired on changing his views, and devoted himself to the study of law, and was called to the Queensland bar in May 1878. Prior to his being admitted as a barrister he unsuccessfully contested the North Brisbane constituency against Mr. Pring; but was elected, with the Hon. J. R. Dickson, for Enoggera at the general election of 1878, and was returned at the head of the poll for Kennedy in 1883. He was appointed Attorney-General in Sir Samuel Griffith's Ministry on Nov. 13th, 1883, and held the position till the Ministry resigned on June 12th, 1888. Mr. Rutledge now sits as member for the Charters Towers district, and was one of the representatives of Queensland at the National Australasian Convention held in Sydney in 1891. He was married at Sydney on March 24th, 1869, to Mary Thomas, youngest daughter of Rev. Stephen Rabone.