Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

William Arthur West WALMSLEY + Mary Jane WILLIAMS

6 children
Gertrude Ann WALMSLEY
Birth: August 12, 1888 31 29Foxground, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 17, 1947Lismore, , New South Wales, Australia
William Arthur WALMSLEY
Birth: December 3, 1892 35 34Foxground, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: January 17, 1978Lismore, , New South Wales, Australia

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Family group information
Marriage July 27, 1887
Quality of data: primary evidence
Publication: Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), Monday 29 June 1936, page 6
Residence after 1888
Address: "Hill View"
Publication: Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954), Monday 29 June 1936, page 6

Lynn Rawson in her Gray Family Book has written:

"William was born at Wisemans Ferry in July 1857 and was baptised at the Church of England. He was married to Mary in September 1897. William and Mary returned to the Richmond River where William rented a farm at Bexhill with his brother Archibald. The brothers bred dairy cattle on the property. William purchased another property "Hillview" of 120 acres which was across the Wilson River from his father's property, "Mayfield". Mary returned to her parent’s home at Foxground for the arrival of her first child, Gertrude. After the birth Mary returned by steamer from Kiama to Ballina and then by road to Bexhill. William was working on the rented property growing potatoes and maize and also clearing "Hillview" in preparation for building a home. In 1990 Mary again travelled to Foxground for the arrival of her second child, Mary. "Hillview" had now been completed and the family was able to move in on Mary's return from the Illawarra district.

Tha accommodation at "Hillview" was very basic with water having to be fetched from the river. In 1892 Mary travelled to Foxground for the arrival of her third child, William. The remaining children: Blanche, George and Irene were born at Eltham. Work continued in clearing the land and William also helped his brothers build a new home on "Mayfield" for their parents.

William was involved in the establishment of the Cowlong Creamery Company. Like his father he was also a member of the Lismore Show Society. William was asked to act as the cattle judge at the local show on several occasions. He was a councillor of the Gundurimba Shire for 10 years from 1911 and was President for two terms. Following in his father's footsteps, William was closely involved with St Mark's Church being warden for many years. William was also a freemason being a member of Lodge Eltham. He was made a life member of that organisation in 1943. Mary died in June 1936. William died at Lismore in August 1944 aged 87 years."