Enoch William Rudder was born 6 March 1801 to William Rudder (1768-1835) and Sarah Partridge (?-1841) and died 3 December 1888 Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Emma Betts (1802-1883) 1 June 1824 Saint Martin in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom.

He is credited with founding the settlement of Kempsey, New South Wales. He arrived from Birmingham in 1834 and bought land on the southern bank of the river in 1836, at what was then the limit of authorized settlement (the boundary of County Macquarie). He was initially attracted by red cedar cutting opportunities but planned also to profit by selling parts of his land. He had riverside blocks surveyed and established a private town, with the first blocks sold in November 1836. He called it Kempsey because the surrounding areas reminded him of the Kempsey Valley in Worcestershire.


Offspring of Enoch William Rudder and Emma Betts (1802-1883)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Betts Rudder (1825-1916) 25 June 1825 Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom 5 January 1916 Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia Sarah Elizabeth Bowen (1826-1875) Sarah Elizabeth Bowen (1826-1875) Louisa Fanny Thornton (1845-1924)
Julius John Rudder (1826-1907) 24 August 1826 3 September 1907 Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Mary Ann Chilcott (1836-1899)
Henry Rudder (1827-1837)
Augustus Rudder (1828-1904)
Enoch Rudder (1830-1926) 1 January 1830 Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom 27 September 1926 Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia Eliza Perrin (1842-1925)
Rhoda Emma Rudder (1831-1891) 10 February 1831 20 July 1891 Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia Charles Louis Gabriel (1819-1902)
Fanny Rudder (1832-1903)
Llewellyn Bisset Rudder (1834-1916) 19 February 1834 8 May 1916 Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia Eden Verge (1844-c1917)
Marion Rudder (1836-1859)
Melanie Sarah Rudder (1837-1911) 10 September 1837 9 June 1911 Wingham, New South Wales, Australia Henry John Cornish (1824-1908)
Mary Rudder (1839-1854)
Isabel Mabel Rudder (1840-1882) 16 May 1840 18 May 1882 Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia Theodore Lachlan Tompson (1833-1910)
Eugene Frederick Rudder (1841-1931) 20 September 1841 Ryde, New South Wales, Australia 20 December 1931 Ryde, New South Wales, Australia Annie Thornton (1853-1910) Annie Thornton (1853-1910) Claire Emeline St Claire (?-?)
Flora Rudder (1843-1883) 25 November 1843 15 May 1883 Stanmore, New South Wales, Australia John Davidson (1826-1894)
Alfred Rudder (1845-1902) 26 July 1845 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 4 August 1902 Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia Helena Annie Harriott (1877-c1959)



[By Telegraph.]

(from our correspondent.)

KEMPSEY, Tuesday.

Enoch William Rudder, the oldest inhabitant of this district, who, 50 years since, founded Kempsey, and throughout his life had taken an active interest in colonial matters, died last night, after very slight indisposition. His sons, daughters, grand and great-grand children alive, number about 200, and are highly esteemed. Mr. Rudder was 88.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 December 1888, page 10

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