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Samuel Williams 26 hus (family 32) Farm servant RC both Co Clare, came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Metcalfe
Biddy Williams 24 wife of Samuel (family 32) Farm servant RC, came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Metcalfe
Mary Williams 0 dau of Samuel born on voyage (family 32) born on voyage RC, came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Metcalfe
Samuel Williams, and Bridget Milan baptised female Mary at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #36211
Samuel Williams and Bridget Milan/Biddy christened Jane 1843, Ann 1845, Samuel 1847
Samuel Williams List No 9, 30 Sep 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Mr Samuel Williams sailed 30 Oct 1844 from Launceston for Portland Minerva source local newspapers
Samuel Williams labourer off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Sarah Williams, 17 single woman Nursery maid Prot both London arrived 13 Jan 1842 from London and Cork on the Samuel Boddington
Thomas Williams Convict came 1836 on the Margaret Huntly assigned to Mr Templeton
Thomas Williams departed from Hobart on 26 Nov 1837 for Port Philip on the Yarra Yarra
Mr T Williams Departed from Hobart on 7 Feb 1839 for Port Phillip, on the Blossom
Thomas Williams and wife arrived Launceston 5 Jan 1843 from Portland Minerva
Thomas Williams arrived at Port Phillip 23 Feb 1843 from Launceston on 16 Feb Henry
Thomas Williams cleared out from Port Phillip 27 Dec 1843 for Hobart Thomas
Thomas Williams arrived 1 Jan 1844 at Launceston from Port Phillip on the Thomas source local newspapers
Thomas Williams sailed 11 Jan from Launceston for Portland Bay in 1841 Dusty Miller
Mr T Williams cleared 26 Apr 1844 and sailed 27 Apr from Melbourne for Hobart arrived 30 Apr on the Flying Squirrel source local newspapers
Thomas Williams sailed 16 Aug 1844 from Launceston for Portland Lowestoft source local newspapers
Thomas Williams cleared on 11 Oct 1844 from Melbourne and sailed on 15 Oct for Port Fairy and Portland Domain source local newspapers
Thomas Williams aged 20 came May 1847 with 338 on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot
Thomas Williams adult came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland Page 32 letters at Post Office 3 Feb 1847
Mr W Williams departed from Hobart on 9 Nov 1837 for Port Philip on the Hetty
Mr W William Esq. arrived at Launceston on 8 Aug 1838 from Port Phillip and Sydney on the Siren
William Williams wed Sarah Brewer in 1841 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
christened Ellen 1844, Anna 1847, John 1847
William Williams 21 (single man 30) Farm servant Prot both Fifeshire, came 22 Oct 1841 on the Grindlay
William Williams 25 hus (family 75) Mason Prot reads Somersetshire, came 16 Dec 1841 on the Ward Chapman
Zea Williams 27 wife of William (family 75) House Keeper both, came 16 Dec 1841 on the Ward Chapman
William Williams and Zeo christened Henry John 1847, Mercy and Joseph
from 'Somerset Years', William Williams wed 2 June 1836 to Zoa Howe at St Mary Radcliffe, Bristol
William Williams, male wed Annie Martyn 1842 #35474 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
William Williams and Annie Martyn christened Keziah 1844
William Henry Williams and Ann christened Rachel 1846
William Williams, and Margaret baptised George at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #13020
Mr W Williams in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843 source PPH - 31 Jan 1843
William Williams in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843 source PPH - 31 Jan 1843
William Williams arrived at Port Phillip 27 Nov 1843 from Sydney on 16 Nov and Launceston on 22 Nov Corsair
William Williams wed Ellen Kearney in 1843 at Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong christened Mary Anne 1844, William 1846, Michael 1847
William Williams 37 hus of Ellen (family 40) bricklayer Prot both Cork Hospital assistant, paid 3 pounds arrived 21 July 1844 from Cork on the Dale Park
Ellen Williams 27 wife of William (family 40) RC both Cork Destination not known arrived 21 July 1844 from Cork on the Dale Park
Mr W Williams cleared 3 Feb 1844 and sailed 4 Feb from Melbourne for Launceston arrived 6 Feb, and Sydney, on the Shamrock source local newspapers
William Williams List No 6, 30 June 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
William Williams Crew 05 Emigrants Cook arrived 22 Sep 1844 from Cork on the Abberton
William Williams wed Allison Rae in 1844 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
William Williams wed Bridget White in 1845 at Roman Catholic
William Williams and Bridget White had Catherine born 8 Sep 1848 and baptised 1 Jan 1849 by Rev John Fitzpatrick, Roman Catholic
William Williams, 26 both was ?maker, trained as Carpenter single, crime - Receiving stolen goods 10 years convicted 3 March 1843, at Birmingham, received 21 Mar 1843, at Warwick, became an Exile 10 Oct 1844, arrived at Geelong with a Royal Pardon 18 March 1845 on the Sir George Seymour, and to Melbourne (List a166 and a65)
William Williams wed Margaret Graham in 1847 at Church of England St James, Melbourne
William Williams aged 19 came May 1847 with 338 on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot
William Williams aged 23 came May 1847 with 338 on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot
William Williams farmer Merri Creek, Source - 1847 Directory
William Williams stonemason Merri Creek, Source - 1847 Directory
William Williams waterman Esplanade Williams Town, Source - 1847 Directory
William Cornelius Williams, House off Alfred Place The Port Phillip Herald Fri 22 Sep 1843 applied to be added to the Burgess in Latrobe Ward
William Cornelius Williams and Ann Sarah christened Joseph William 1844, Sarah Ann 1846, Joseph 1847
William Cornelius Williams compositor off Bourke street, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr WH Williams Arrived at Port Phillip 22 July 1843 from Launceston Tamar
William Henry Williams carrier Elizabeth street, Source - 1847 Directory
Williams & Ellershaw in a partnership auctioneers & commission agents Collins street, Source - 1847 Directory
Williams see Brain & Williams in a partnership settlers Powlett's Plains, Source - 1847 Directory
Alexander Williamson List No 3, 31 Mar 1844 Unclaimed letters at Melbourne Post Office
Catherine Williamson, wed Alexander Skene 1842 #690 Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong

From on Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Hello Elizabeth, I am making a general inquiry to see if you would have any information on an early Victorian Pioneer family the Williamsons Charles and Elizabeth (nee Waldie) who are mentioned on pages 200/202 of the “Early Pioneers of Victoria and Riverina.” They arrived here on the “Palmyra” on Sunday 24 November 1839. Their relationship to me is: maternal grandparents of husband of 1st cousin of wife of 1st cousin 1x removed. What an intriguing web of discovery of who is in my Family Tree and this is what makes genealogy so interesting and never a dull moment in researching our forebears
Thankyou. I found this web page for Walter Williamson with the same account.
Di Cummings includes comments from Catherine Helen Spence's memoirs - Bound for Melbourne were Mr and Mrs Duncan of Melrose, and Charles Williamson, from Hawick, who founded a great business house in Collins Street.

Charles Williamson wed 12 Jun 1821 to Elizabeth Wayley at Cathedral, Manchester, Lancashire, England
Elizabeth Williamson 1797 - 1875 #10135 aged 78, dau of Joan Irvine and George Waldie of Hawick, Scotland
Charles Williamson 2 Jul 1800 - 23 Nov 1875 #12968 aged 75, son of Euphemia Hill and Walter Williamson, died in Elmhurst, Victoria,
Children found as Extracted entries, in FamilySearch -
1. Joan Irvine Williamson Christening: 03 Apr 1829 Hawick, Roxburgh, assume died in Scotland
2. Alice Williamson Christened 23 Jan 1832 at Hawick, Roxburgh, and died in 1855, wed 1852 #2779 to Matthew Hervey 1820-1874 #9808 aged 54, son of Janet Sharp and John Hervey, dau-Elizabeth Hervey born 21 Mar 1853 #9888 wed 19 May 1876 #1439 to George Rooke Huddy and they sailed to UK, died 1930 in California.
3. Elizabeth Williamson Christened 09 Jul 1833 - 3 Nov 1919 aged 80, born at Hawick, Roxburgh, wed 1865 #1162 to Thomas Edmund Langley 1833-1885 aged 52, and had 6 children,
4. Walter Williamson Christened 05 Apr 1835 at Hawick, Roxburgh, 1833 - 1901 #9483 aged 66 years,
5. Isabella Williamson Christened 17 Apr 1836 at Hawick, Roxburgh, and died 10 Apr 1840 aged 4 years, in Elizabeth St, Melbourne, buried by Presbyterian, Melbourne & Geelong as Female Williamson 1840 #181
6. George Williamson Christening: 10 Jun 1838 at Hawick, Roxburgh, returned to UK, died 1877 in London, England
Charles Williamson and Co Partnership wholesale and retail drapers Collins-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Charles Williamson, Jury enpannelled 11 May, p3 - 21 May 1842 Melbourne Times
Charles Williamson shop Collins St Lonsdale Ward 239 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
C Williamson, jury for Supreme Court Thur 15 Feb 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 24 Feb 1844
Charles Williamson, Merchant, Melbourne one of 105 who signed letter supporting ministry by Rev Peter Gunn. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 10 Aug 1844
C Williamson, a Burgess in Lonsdale Ward voted for George Annand but John Joseph Fawkner won the seat. Source - Port Phillip Herald 12 Aug 1845
Charles Williamson, did not answer when called upon for duty as Special Constable, by His Worship the Mayor 21 Oct 1845 72 enrolled, all publicans exempted. Source - Port Phillip Herald 23 Oct 1845
Charles Williamson &Co in a partnership drapers Collins street, Source - 1847 Directory
Charles Williamson from FirstFamilies by John Seymour Morrow on the 18 April, 2001
CHARLES WILLIAMSON, the founder of the Victorian branch of the family, was born in Scotland on Wed 2 July 1800. Parents Walter Williamson - Euphemia Hill. He married at Hawick in 1827 Elizabeth Waldie, and, accompanied by his wife and family of six children [5 only listed, perhaps one died at sea, no records], sailed on the "Palmyra" on this ship's maiden voyage leaving from Greenock Scotland on Thu 18 Jul 1839, landing at Port Phillip on Sun 24 Nov 1839. Charles opened a drapery business in 47 Collins St West, in 1840, and later formed a company, which he had until 1853, when he bought DeCameron. Another business he had was at 181 Little Lonsdale St East, where he dealt as a Garment Dealer.
Shipping records show that Charles was in charge of many passengers. John Armstrong and his family, James Tait and family from Jedburgh, Margaret Tait from Hawick, Matthew Palmer from Thurlstone and Mary Sharp from Hawick, these being bounty passengers, and would have worked with Charles when he started his business. This was common in the early days, because this gave the business man staff that otherwise may have been hard to find in a new colony.[This information was sent to John Morrow by Tim Hallam].
In 1853, in partnership with A.McLaurin, they acquired DeCameron Station, on the Wimmera River, 3 miles N.W.of Elmhurst, which had been taken up by Dr.Imlay in 1841. It was sub-divided into DeCameron and Navarre before Charles Williamson and A.McLaurin acquired, but both properties were taken up by Williamson and McLaurin, the total acreage being 102,400 acres [40,960 hectares]. The run was stocked sheep and cattle, and in one year 70,000 sheep were shorn in the old woolshed at DeCameron. The partnership carried on until about 1864, when Navarre sold to Arthur and William Barker, and Charles carried on alone at DeCameron, until his death on Tue 23 Nov 1875, at the station.
Ebenezer Williamson Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
Edward Williamson 20 hus (family 30) Farm Servant, Prot both, Co Monaghan, came 30 Sept 1840 on the Himalaya
Letitia Williamson 19 wife of Edward (family 30) Housemaid, Prot both, Co Monaghan, came 30 Sept 1840 on the Himalaya
Edward Williamson and Letitia christened Mary Ann 1841, Eliza 1843, Ellen 1845
Edward Williamson in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 30 June 1843 source PPH
Edward Hill Williamson wed Jane Williams in 1841 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong christened Eliza 1844
Edward Eyre Williamson, to serve as a Warden of the District Council, Bourke. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 29 June 1844
Edward Williamson, Licensed to cut timber at County of Bourke July 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 18 Aug 1845
Edward Williamson labourer Lonsdale's Yarra, Source - 1847 Directory
Eleanor Theresa Williamson wed James Dickson in 1847 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Elizabeth Aitchison Williamson wed Daniel Ogilvey in 1841 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
George Williamson dwelling-house Barwon River 8 miles from Corio Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
George Williamson, letter at Geelong Post Office 30 Dec 1843. Source - Geelong Advertiser 1 Jan 1844
G Williamson, jury for Fri 16 Feb 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 24 Feb 1844
Mr G Williamson arrived 9 Aug 1844 at Melbourne from Adelaide 19 July and Portland on 6 Aug Coquette , source local newspapers
George Williamson aged 16 came May 1847 with 338 on the Sir Thomas Arbuthnot
Georgina Williamson died 1846 Female aged 26 at Pt Fairy
James Williamson land surveyor Bourke-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
James Williamson Deep Creek Saltwater River Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
James Williamson View Bank Heidelberg Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
James Williamson freehold Merri Merri Creek Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
James Williamson arrived at Port Phillip 6 Dec 1843 from Sydney 24 Nov Mary Lloyd
James Williamson adult came Nov 1846 with 334 on the Maitland
James Williamson Directory 1847 manager for Dalgety & Co. North Corio
James Williamson, owed 43 pounds charges by David John Thomas. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Jan 1844
James Williamson, voted 9-10am Melbourne to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
James Williamson Merri Merri Creek freehold List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
James Williamson, letter at Geelong Post Office. Source - Geelong Advertiser 31 Oct 1844
James Williamson arrived 3 Nov 1844 at Melbourne from Sydney on 30 Oct Shamrock , source local newspapers
James Williamson, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Merri Merri Creek Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
James Williamson, hosted the wedding 13 Aug 1845 by Rev Peter Gunn, of Mitchell Forbes Scobie to Flora Forbes. Source - Melbourne Courier 20 Aug 1845
James Williamson, admitted as a member of Mechanics Institution. Source - Port Phillip Herald 11 Nov 1845
Jane Williamson 19 (single woman 45) Housemaid Prot neither, came 12 Apr 1841 on the Argyle
Jane Williamson wed James Cain in 1844 at Church of England St James Melbourne
John Williamson 20 with wife Mary 21, Blacksmith, from Gatterside, Prot, reads, employed by Mr Duncan, came Nov 1839 on the Palmyra
Mr John Williamson sailed 26 Feb 1840 for Launceston on the Elizabeth
Mr John Williamson sailed 16 May 1840 for Launceston on the Gem
John Williamson and Charl christened John 1841
John Williamson in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843 source PPH - 31 Jan 1843
John Williamson, dwelling house, Moonee Moonee Ponds The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names
John Williamson, one of 105 who signed letter supporting ministry by Rev Peter Gunn. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 10 Aug 1844
John Williamson, letter at Geelong Post Office. Source - Geelong Advertiser 29 Aug 1844
John Williamson died 1845 Male at Melbourne
John Williamson died 1847 Male aged 60 at Geelong
John Williamson wed Eliza May in 1840 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong christened Catherine 1843, John 1845
John Williamson wed Margaret Parkinson in 1841 at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
John Williamson Moonie Moonie Ponds dwelling house List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Mr J Williamson arrived 7-May 1840 from Launceston on 3 May on the Charlotte
J Williamson, jury for Supreme Court Thur 15 Feb 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 24 Feb 1844
J Williamson, Port Phillip Herald 22 Apr 1842 Page 1 advertisement - pleased Queen had a son
J Wiliamson on list of Geelong supporters of William Lonsdale, Sub-Treasurer source PPH- 27 June 1843
J Williamson in list of landholders asking Mayor to hold a meeting dated 29 Sep 1843 source PPH
J Williamson surveyor Melbourne subscribed in advance to Arden's Colonial Magazine source PPH - 15 Sep 1843
Mr J Williamson News - signed letter 29 Sep 1843 supporting H Condell, Mayor of Melbourne source PPH 30 Sep 1843
J Williamson, one of 105 who signed letter supporting ministry by Rev Peter Gunn. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 10 Aug 1844
J Williamson, second jury for Supreme Court Mon 18 Nov 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 23 Nov 1844
J Williamson manager for Dalgety & Co. North Corio, Source - 1847 Directory
Martin Williamson and Georgina christened Catherine 1843
Martin Williamson arrived at Launceston 30 Nov 1843 from Portland Essington
Mary Williamson aged 21 came Nov 1839 with 49 on the Palmyra wed James Davey in 1843 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Mary Bathgate Williamson wed Edward Wood in 1843 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong
Miss Williamson, Cabin arrived 2 Dec 1843 on the Midlothian
Mr Williamson Departed from Launceston on 17 Apr 1839 for Port Phillip on the Enterprise
(Mr.) Williamson, Cabinetmaker, Melbourne, 1939 Directory of Port Phillip
Mr Williamson, in Oct 1839 employed John Mcintosh aged 19, Farm servant, who came on the David Clarke
Mr Williamson sailed 28 Mar 1840 for Launceston on the Henry
Mr Williamson sailed 11-Jun 1840 for Hobart on the Sir John Franklin
Mr Williamson sailed 5-Oct 1840 for Sydney on the Mandane
Mr Williamson arrived 12-Nov 1840 from London via Launceston on the Rookery
Mr Williamson arrived 20-Nov 1840 from Sydney on the Jewess
Mr Williamson arrived 21-Nov 1840 from Hobart on the Majestic
Mr Williamson sailed 7-Dec 1840 for Launceston on the Clonmel
Mr Williamson arrived 31 Jan 1841 at Sydney from Port Phillip on 23 Jan on the Jewess
Mr Williamson departed 19 May 1841 from Launceston for Portland Bay on the Minerva
Mr Williamson Cleared out from Port Phillip 25 March 1843 for Sydney, Christina
Miss Williamson arrived at Port Phillip 2 Dec 1843 from Leith Mid-Lothian
Miss Williamson arrived at Port Phillip 9 Dec 1843 from Hobart Flying Fish
Miss Williamson cleared 5 Jan 1844 for London Rajah , source local newspapers
Mr Williamson arrived 12 June 1844 at Melbourne from Hobart on 27 May Flying Fish , source local newspapers
Mr Williamson cleared 19 June 1844 and sailed 6 June from Melbourne for Portland and Adelaide Coquette , source local newspapers
Mr Williamson cleared 8 July 1844 and sailed 10 July from Melbourne for Hobart arrived 17 July Flying Fish , source local newspapers
Mr Williamson cleared 20 July 1844 and sailed 22 July from Melbourne Tamar , source local newspapers
Mr Williamson arrived 17 Dec 1844 at Melbourne from Sydney on 9 Dec on the Martha and Elizabeth , source local newspapers
O Williamson, jury for Supreme Court Thur 15 Feb 1844. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 24 Feb 1844
Mr P Williamson departed from Launceston Mon 9 May 1836 for Port Phillip, on the Henry
Robert Williamson 27 with wife and ch, Stonemason, from Gatterside, Prot, reads, came Nov 1839 on the Palmyra
Margaret Williamson 25 wife of Robert, with John 2, came Nov 1839 on the Palmyra
Robert Williamson and Margt christened Robert Jordan 1841, William 1843-6 died, Thomas 1844 died, Anne 1846
Robert Williamson stonemason New Town Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Robert Williamson house off Bourke St LaTrobe Ward 225 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Robert Williamson, House off Collins Lane The Port Phillip Herald Fri 8 Sep 1843 Burgess in La Trobe Ward
Robert Williamson, Burgess for La Trobe Ward. Source - Port Phillip Herald 5 Nov 1844
Robert Williamson builder Collins lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr T Williamson Departed from Hobart on 1 April 1839 for Port Phillip on the Adelaide
Thomas Williamson sailed 3 May 1844 from Launceston for Portland Bay on the Minerva , source local newspapers
Thomas Williamson settler Pyrenees, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr W Williamson Departed from Sydney 11 July 1839 for Port Phillip on the Louisa
William Williamson - Flinders lane, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr and Mrs Williard arrived 28-Sep 1840 from Sydney 14 Sep on the Jewess
William Williard freehold Barwon Terrace Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
William Williard, voted in Geelong to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
William Williard Barwon terrace Geelong freehold List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Edward Willingale, No 8, letters at Melbourne Post Office. Source - Melbourne Courier 10 Sep 1845
Thomas Willingale in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 April 1843 source PPH
Thomas Willingale Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
Thomas Willingall and Hannah christened George 1847
John Willington, 34 Bounty arrived 1 Jan 1842 from London on the Sarah
Caroline Willington, 28 Bounty arrived 1 Jan 1842 from London on the Sarah
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