WOOTTON, RICHARD RAWSON (1867-1946), horse-trainer, FRANCIS LEONARD (1893-1940),
jockey, and STANLEY THOMAS (1895-1986), horse-trainer, were father and sons.
Richard was born on 31 March 1867 at Taree, New South Wales, second of ten
children of William Wootton, bootmaker, and his wife Jane, née Rawson, from New
York. William, whose parents had been convicts, became a hotelier at Taree, an
alderman and a dairy farmer; he also trained some horses. Dick began his career on
local tracks and at 19 won the Manning River Cup with Bay Fly. He moved to Sydney
as an owner and trainer and lived at Forest Lodge. On 19 December 1893 at St
Andrew's Cathedral he married with Anglican rites 19-year-old Catherine Gertrude
Johnson, a blacksmith's daughter.
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