Bill Trembath worked at Moble for thirty-eight years; as Pa Rutledge often comments, “He was almost permanent.”
He was a fine stock man who worked for three generations of Rutledges, his patience for each generation declining with the years. He then retired on Moble, looking after the vegetable garden with no great enthusiasm. Bill fought in WW1 and is buried in the Quilpie Cemetery.
In 1990, we shifted the remaining room of his hut and it became for many years The School House for the four Rutledge Sisters and a long line of varyingly traumatised governesses. When boarding school finally beckoned the last child, we cleaned out the broken rulers and the old Traeger radio and it was turned into a bedroom.
Bill’s Hut now belies its tumultuous years of Rutledge Education and is a place of calm reflection with a double brass bed, pot belly stove and a short walk to the best shower in western Queensland.
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