Richard Hetherington of Denbie House
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Richard Hetherington 2063

  • Born: 1844, Singleton, New South Wales, Austraulia
  • Marriage: Sophia Lee
  • Died: 9 Apr 1909, Apia, Samoa aged 65

bullet  General Notes:

Succeeded his uncle, Dr. John, in his estates which he then sold to Murray of Murraythwaite.

He was educated in Melbourne where his father was minister of Scott's Church, Collins St. Melbourne. Richard graduated in law at Melbourne University and after obtaining his articles to practice, he went to Fiji to grow cotton. Prices dropped after the end of the American Civil War and the industry ceased to be profitable. He obtained a government appointment and afterwards was admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor. He left Fiji in 1877 and went to Samoa and practised his profession. In 1880 he was appointed municipal magistrate charged with the preservation of law and order in Apia. In 1888, Richard Hetherington succeeded to an estate (probably Denbie) which required him to take the name of Carruthers, which of course was his grandmother's name. In 1891 he was elected member of the municipal council and remained a member with slight intermissions until dissolution of the council on the hoisting of the German flag. On annexation he was appointed to the Government Council. He was looked upon as the father of the rubber and cacao industries. In 1893 he planted cacao on his estate at Maletu and in 1895 he commenced a rubber plantation.

Extracts from "The Cyclopedia of Samoa" published 1905.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

He was educated at Melbourne University in Melbourne, Australia. He was a graduate in law.


Richard married Sophia Lee. (Sophia Lee was born in Apia, Samoa.)

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