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The plaque was erected by the employees of Guntawang to commemorate Richard Rouse (1842 - 1903)

Richard Rouse (1842-1903) and Richard junior (1843-1906), pastoralists and stud-breeders, were first cousins and grandsons of Richard Rouse of Rouse Hill. Richard was born on 2 January 1842 at Guntawang, near Mudgee, New South Wales, eldest son of Edwin Rouse, grazier. In 1861 he managed Guntawang, 1619 hectares on the Cudgegong River near Mudgee and inherited it on the death of his father the next year.

He bred pedigree carriage horses, cattle and merino sheep and Guntawang became noted for its lavish hospitality. He also held other properties. He was also the principal shareholder in the Guntawang Freehold Gold Mining Company. He represented Mudgee in Parliament 1876 - 77 and 1879. In 1895 he published The Australian Horse Trade, which stressed the breeding advantages of the ’Yorkshire coach-horse’ for the United Service Institution. Rouse was a magistrate and regularly sat on the bench. He was also mayor of Gulgong in 1876 and 1899-1903 and a member of the Union Club and first president of the Gulgong Turf Club in 1871.



Address:Bayly & Bulgar Streets, St Luke`s Anglican Church, Gulgong, 2852
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.360667
Long: 149.53037
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

Sacred to the memory of Richard Rouse, Esq.

For 42 years the honoured and esteemed proprietor of the Guntawang Estate.

Born Guntawang 2nd January 1842
Died 2nd March 1903.

Lord, now lettest thou Thy servant depart. In peace.     Luke 2.29

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
And come to Zion with songs,
And everlasting joy upon their heads. 
They shall obtain joy and gladness,
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.    
Isaiah 35.10

Erected by the employees of Guntawang and other well wishers.

Source: MA,H, ADB
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