Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

William WALMSLEY JP + Mary Jane “Millie” GREY

11 children
Sarah Rachel WALMSLEY
Birth: June 16, 1859 32 25Wisemans Ferry, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 12, 1927Gosford, , New South Wales, Australia

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Family group information
Religious marriage August 16, 1855
Address: Church of England
Publication: Walmsley.GED
Citation details: V18551207 43B/1855 WAMSLEY WILLIAM GREY MARY J NW
Publication: Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), Monday 12 January 1914, page 4
Publication: Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), Monday 12 April 1920, page
Note: Stephen Painter, as does the Whaite Family web site, notes that they may have been married at Wisemans Ferry. This does not tie in with the marriage registration entry.
Residence 1884
Publication: Walmsley.GED
Residence 1884
Publication: Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), Monday 12 January 1914, page 4
Residence after 1884
Publication: Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), Monday 12 January 1914, page 4
Note

The Walmsley Family Tree, Ross Wilson William migrated to Australia with his parents in 1839 and in 1841 they were living at Garden Hill, Wollongong. Not long afterwards they moved to the Hawkesbury River Valley and Brisbane Waters area and were engaged in the timber trade, farming and innkeeping. William farmed at Fountaindale, Gosford, in the 1860s. He was the first postmaster at Ourimbah in 1871 and remained in the position until 1875. In 1884 William and Mary Jane moved to the Richmond River and commenced dairy farming at Mayfield, later to become Eltham. William also grew sugar cane and built a hotel, but his main interest was breeding dairy cattle.

Note

Lynn Rawson in her Gray Family Book has written:

"Mary was born at Drumkearan, County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and she was baptised in the Church of Ireland on 8 February 1835. She travelled to Australia with her family in 1841 where they settled in Wollongong before moving to "Omega Retreat" at Gerringong. Mary was married to William at Christ Church of England, Kiama on 16 August 1855. William is the fifth child of Edward and Sarah WALMSLEY. He was born at Drumcahy, Magheraculmoney in Northern Ireland.

After their marriage Mary and William lived at Wollongong where William was occupied as a timber worker. They shortly after moved to Wiseman's Ferry on the Hawkesbury River where the first of their children was born in 1857. Later they lived at Brisbane Waters for 7 years. Mary and William have eleven children: William, Sarah, Edward, Archibald, Anne, Amelia, Herbert, Henry, Mary, Harmon and Adam. William worked with his brother who maintained a business transporting goods to the goldfields in Victoria. William was the first postmaster at Ourimbah in 1871 and retained that position until 1873.

In 1873 the family moved back to Albion Park in the Illawarra for the third time where their last four children were born. In 1884 the family relocated to the Richmond river district and while William searched for a farming property the family stayed at Alstonville. William purchased a dairy property at Eltham which was later named "Mayfield". The land was heavily timbered for the main part but a small area had been cleared by the cedar getters. William grew sugar cane on this area but it was not successful due to the frosts. He acquired a timber mill which was used in the development of farming homesteads throughout the area. William also built a hotel but his primary interest was in breeding dairy cattle. William successfully exhibited at local shows and was also a judge in the horse section. The dairy cattle were based on the Durham breed and became the foundation of the Richmond Branch of the Illawarra Milking Shorthorn breed. William was keen on new innovations and operated one of the first milk separators in the district. He used the equipment to separate the milk from his own farm and also that of many of his neighbours. William became one of the Directors of the Byron Bay Co-operative and he was also a committeeman of the Lismore Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

Mary was a staunch supporter of the Church of England and was instrumental in having St Mark's church built on property donated by her husband for the purpose and built using timber donated by the family. The church was dedicated in 1898. Mary and William's two grandchildren, George and Milly being baptised on that day. Mary died in January 1914 at Eltham aged 79 years and she is buried at Clunes cemetery. Following Mary's death, William moved to Lismore. He died at Clunes in April 1920 aged 91 years while visiting his eldest son."