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Help sought on local history

I enjoyed reading the information provided at your website compiled by T.A. Johnston on pioneers in your area, with emphasis on the Ruledge Family, particularly Thomas Rutledge. I have a scan of the front and reverse of an envelope sent to Mrs Rutledge from Bungendore routed through Goulburn to Cambelltown, and thence to Parramatta, and presumably to Brush Farm near Eastwood. Eastwood P.O. did not open until 1.11.83 so there was no Eastwood postmark, and Brush Farm also had no P.O. There was no letter enclosed.

The date of the letter was compatible with the addressee being the wife of THE Thomas Rutledge (who had an association with Bungendore) in the above article, but I do not have any information in the article citing 'Brush Farm' as one of Thomas' many properties. I have incomplete information that Thomas may have purchased Brush Farm, near Eastwood from a Dr. Forster and that Thomas married Martha, the second daughter of a Thomas Forster, Brush Farm Field of Mars on 11 October 1849 at Ryde (SMH 16 October 1849, page 4). I believe there is no coincidence that William Forster Rutledge (1850-1912) was his son.

Do you know of a local historian who may be able to confirm my incomplete research? This is not a trivial request, for in my retirement in Canada I have become a postal historian of particularly Colonial Australia, with 100 papers published in Australian Philatelic Journals and close to 1000 papers on Postal History/ Social Philately. I hope that you may be able to assist me, and I would acknowledge your contribution.

Dr. Maurice Mishkel, ex Australian academic

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