William Betts Rudder was born 25 June 1825 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom to Enoch William Rudder (1801-1888) and Emma Betts (1802-1883) and died 5 January 1916 Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Sarah Elizabeth Bowen (1826-1875) 22 September 1849 in St Andrew's Church, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He married Louisa Fanny Thornton (1845-1924) 12 April 1876 in The Parsonage, West Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia.
|Offspring of William Betts Rudder and Louisa Fanny Thornton (1845-1924)|
|Victor Gabriel Nesbitt Rudder (1877-1954)|
Thursday afternoon last, under conduct of Mr. J. R. Garland, the funeral of the late William Betts Rudder, of East Kempsey, proceeded to the cemetery that side, Messrs. T. Harriott, John Long, H. R. Gray, and F. Gill being carriers ; Messrs. James Campbell, E. O. Woolford, W. Harvey, and O. O. Dangar, pall-bearers ; and the Rev. D. Smith, assisted hy the Rev. G. E. Johnson, the officiating clergyman. The late Mr. Rudder, who is survived by a widow, daughter of the late Capt. Thornton, and one son, Mr. Victor Rudder, of East Kempsey, was a native of Birmingham, England, and came to this country when but a boy, in 1834, and spent practically the most of his 91 years on this river, though he made a break for fottune by going to the Ophir gold rush with his father, similarly as another hrother went to California with his father, the latter two suffering shipwreck in the Rosetta Joseph. Like his brother Mr. Enoch Rudder, of Belgrave, the late Mr. William Rudder was wonderfully well informed, and up to almost the last took a keen interest in affairs that the handicap of age alone prevented his active participation therein.