Rudall (Cr) Samuel Bruce

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1859
Place of birth Gawler
Principal occupation Lawyer, Town Clerk, and State MP
Date of death 1945
Place of decease Adelaide

Samuel Bruce Rudall, known as Bruce in his family and as Sam among his parliamentary colleagues, was born at Gawler in 1858. He was the second son and third child of John and Matilda Rudall but as his eldest brother died in 1860, Bruce was always considered to be the eldest son in the family.

Bruce was educated at Mr. Smilie's school in Gawler before attending St. Peter's College in Adelaide. Due to recurring bouts of rheumatism, Bruce left school at the age of 15 and returned to Gawler. In 1880 he was called to the Bar, having been articled to his father and to G. & J. Downer in Adelaide.

In 1881 Bruce became a solicitor and Town Clerk of Gawler, succeeding his father John Rudall who had been appointed Stipendiary Magistrate in that year. Bruce and John remained together at Rudall & Rudall until John moved to Port Augusta in 1888.

Bruce married Margaret McNeill in 1884 and they had two children, Reginald John and Maude Bryce.

In 1906 Bruce entered Parliament as the member for Barossa and in the following year was recognised for his service of 25 years in the position as Town Clerk. Rudall, located on the Eyre Peninsula, takes its name from Hundred of Rudall which was proclaimed on 3 February 1910 in honour of Samuel.

In 1914 Bruce retired from the position of Town Clerk of Gawler.

Matilda died in 1923 and subsequently Bruce married Alice Warren (nee Downer) and they lived together at 'Nara' in Stirling. Bruce maintained an interest in the family firm and often assisted his son RJ at busy times.

Bruce died in 1945 aged 86.

In 2007 the Town of Gawler recognised Samuel as a Significant Identity.
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