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A Willis, on 10 June 1840 purchased a town allotment - source Port Phillip Herald 12 June 1840
Mr A Willis Imported 6 bales wool Arrived 7 Jan 1843 at Port Phillip from Portland Sally Ann
Arthur Willis Malop St Geelong freehold List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Charles Willis Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
Mr E Willis Cleared out from Port Phillip 2 May 1843 for Launceston Tamar
Edward Willis in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 May 1843 source PPH
Edward Willis Grant, License to depasture, for month of February 1844
Edward Willis, of Corio appointed to be a magistrate. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 23 Mar 1844
Edward Willis, JP on a Committee to hold a meeting at Mack's Hotel, Corio, of all inhabitants of the Western District. Source - Geelong Advertiser 10 May 1844
Edward Willis, on Committee for Separation Society, District of Grant. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 June 1844
Edward Willis Geelong employed Michael Carter 29 (single man 08) arrived 21 July 1844 from Cork on the Dale Park
Edward Willis Barwon terrace Geelong Householder List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Edward Willis, will advance on tallow rendered at the Barwon Melting Establishment. Source - Geelong Advertiser 5 Aug 1844
Edward Willis, County of Grant depasturing license for 1-30 Sept 1844. Source - Port Phillip Herald 15 Nov 1844
Edward Willis, and Co. sent cargo of 14 bales wool, 10 casks tallow. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 May 1845
Edward Willis, Geelong Post Office has an unclaimed letter. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 May 1845
Edward Willis, exported 628 bales of wool to UK in the previous year. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 June 1845
Edward Willis, Trustee of Geelong branch of Savings Bank of Port Phillip. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 June 1845
Edward Willis, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Barwon Terrace Geelong Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Edward Willis Bank Geelong Branch Local Directors
Edward Willis and Cath christened Nowell Doeville 1846
Edward Willis Owned Property Barwon Terrace & Yarra Street Geelong - Freehold Property, 2 roods North Geelong lot 31. Deeds dated 13 Jan 1847, Page 89 24th February, 1847
Edward Willis J.P. merchant Barwon Terrace Geelong, Source - 1847 Directory
Edward Willis labourer Brighton, Source - 1847 Directory
Elizabeth Willis wed Thomas Mccombie in 1844 at Presbyterian Melbourne & Geelong Letters unclaimed at Post-Office, Melbourne 30th April, 1847
Francy/Francis Willis 21 (single man 60) Labourer Prot Both Co. Kilkenny, came 24 Dec 1841 on the Gilmore
Frank Willis, List 4, 30 Apr 1844 letter at the Melbourne Post Office. Source - Port Phillip Herald 7 May 1844
James Louis Willis Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
J L Willis and W Partnership Wanstead River Plenty Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
John Willis 38 hus (family 42) Farm servant, Prot both, Kings Co, came 22 Jan 1840 on the John Bull
Agnes Willis 33 wife of John (family 42) House servant, Prot both, Kings Co, came 22 Jan 1840 on the John Bull
Thomas Willis 10 son, Jane P Willis 7 dau, Agnes Willis 5 dau and John Willis 3 son of John (family 42) Prot, Kings Co, came 22 Jan 1840 on the John Bull
John Wills wed 28 Mar 1827 to Agnes Shepherd Polybank and had Thomas Townsend Wills b 28 Dec 1828, che 2 Mar 1829, died 1894 Jane Pearce Wills b 30 Jan chr 28 Mar 1830, Agnes Polybank Wills 8 Jan 1832 chr 11 Mar 1832, John Gregory Willis b 10 Sep 1836 Chr 6 Nov 1836 at Ebenezer Chapel-Wesleyan Methodist, Kingsbridge, Devon, UK
Thomas Townsend Wills wed c1853 to Ellen Warren Williams and their son Warren Townsend Wills wed 1885 #2025 to Emma Tregellis 1858 #2252 dau of Eliza Hambley and Henry Tregellis
Jane Pearce Willis when aged 16, wed 1848 #3528 to Nicholas Moysey Beckford, and Agnes Polybank Wills wed 1853 #3803 to John Herbert Wymond
His Honour Justice Willis and lady departed Sydney 23 Feb 1841 for Port Phillip, and arrived Melbourne 10 March 1841 on the Australasian Packet
John Walpole Willis, as His Honour Justice Willis and lady departed Sydney 23 Feb 1841 for Port Phillip, and on 10 March 1841 arrived Melbourne from Sydney, on the Australasian Packet
John Walpole Willis dwelling-house Heidelberg Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
John Walpole Willis, Esq., lady child and servant Cleared out from Port Phillip 12 July 1843 for London Glenbervie
Mr Willis at Melbourne arrived 26 Mar 1841, from Launceston on the Tamar
Mr J Willis departed 22 Apr 1841 from Launceston for Port Phillip on the Tamar
Mr Willis departed 19 May 1841 from Launceston for Portland Bay on the Minerva - source Launceston Courier 24 May 1841
Mr Willis 14 Aug 1841. departed Sydney for Port Phillip on the Sea Horse
Mr Willis arrived 4 Oct 1841 at Launceston from Port Phillip on the Will Watch
See web site 'Resident Judge of Port Phillip', for a detailed study of his career. He was born on 4th January 1793, his father was a captain of the 13th Dragoons, he was called to the bar 1816, and after at least two appointments resulting in the termination of his services, was sent to NSW 1838, and arrived in Port Phillip in March 1841, and set about establishing the new Supreme Court in the former Works office on the corner of King and Bourke Street, Melbourne. He was second in precedence to the superintendent Charles La Trobe.
John Walpole Willis, and Susanna Kent baptised Elizabeth Bund at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Heidelberg 1842 #12717
John Walpole Willis, dwelling house, Heidelbery The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names
John Walpole Willis Esq with lady, child and servant Cabin cleared 12 July 1843 for London, on the Glenbervie to appeal against being 'amoved' or dismissed, but lost. He lived the rest of his life on his second wife’s estate in Worcestershire, UK.
Mr Justice John Walpole Willis was appointed resident judge in Melbourne. In a letter dated 14 February 1841, Dowling wrote:
"That detestable Willis is going tomorrow to Port Phillip as resident judge, where I pray he may stick and that I may never see his face again". The high point of the career of Mr Justice Willis was an occasion when he sentenced to death a man who had been convicted of a misdemeanour. Since the maximum penalty prescribed for the offence was considerably less, the offender had to be pardoned by the Governor. Dr Currey records of Willis 17:
"On the bench he engaged in lengthy harangues which had not the slightest connection with the business before or of the Court, but which bristled with insulting references to individuals, public and private, in Sydney and Melbourne".
Mr Justice Willis was removed from office by Governor Gipps in 1843, he then appealed to the Privy Council on the ground that he had not been given a proper hearing.
From a footnote in John Henry Howitt letter - The Hon. John Walpole Willis (1793–1877) was the first resident judge of the Port Phillip district, and served in that capacity from 1841–1843. His “peremptory” nature left him open to widespread criticism and dislike, until Gipps had Willis removed from office. Amongst Willis's most notable vagaries while judge were his refusal to hear a solicitor who had a moustache and the rebuke he delivered to a barrister who owned a stallion and advertised its stud services.
John Willis and Sarah Darcy baptised William and Margaret 1848 at St Francis Roman Catholic church, followed by Sarah 1850, Elizabeth 1852 and John 1854
Mary Willis 18 (single woman 55) House servant Prot both Co Armagh, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
Mr Willis, Garret&Co Agents Arrived at Hobart on 20 Mar 1839 from Port Phillip on 15 Mar, on the Adelaide
Willis &Co. imported 350 boxes soap, 11 bales cottons arrived 8 June 1840 from Liverpool on the Majestic
Mr Willis arrived at Launceston 9 Oct 1837 from Port Philip on the Enterprise
Mr Willis departed Sydney 10 June 1838 for Port Phillip on the Siren
Mr Willis departed from Launceston on 20 Sep 1838 for Port Phillip on the Henry
Mrs Willis and Miss Emma Willis arrived 17-Mar 1840 from Hobart on 5 March on the Lillias
Mr Willis arrived at Port Phillip 9 Feb 1843 from Hobart Flying Fish
Willis & Co 5 barrels pork for him, Sailed from Port Phillip 24 March 1843 for Launceston arrived 30 March Union
Mr and Mrs Willis and 2 servants From Launceston Arrived at Port Phillip 26 May 1843 from Sydney on 15 May, and from Launceston 24 May Sea Horse
Mr, Mrs and Miss Willis arrived 28 June 1844 from Sydney on 16 June Shamrock , source local newspapers
Mr, Mrs and Miss Willis cleared 3 July 1844 and sailed 4 July from Melbourne, for Sydney and arrived 6 July at Launceston Shamrock , source local newspapers
Mr Willis cleared on 12 Oct 1844 from Melbourne and sailed on 16 Oct for Launceston, arrived 18 Oct Shamrock , source local newspapers
Mr Willis the tanner was employer of Joseph Gorman who was drowned on Sunday 24 Nov 1844 News 24 Nov 1844 , source local newspapers
Mrs Willis, arrived at Port Phillip from Hobart on the schooner 'Lillias' 11 Jul 1845. Source - Port Phillip Herald 15 Jul 1845
Willis see Smith J Partnership, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Nicholas/Robert Willis 28 (single man 38) Farm Labourer, Prot both, Plymouth, came 13 Dec 1840 on the Orient
Samuel Willis Letters at Post Office Jan 1847
Samuel Willis carpenter off Bourke lane, Source - 1847 Directory
William Willis Presbyterian resident Subscriber to build school 1 Mar 1839
Mr W Willis arrived 11 Jan at Launceston from Port Phillip, in 1841 Tamar
William Willis, from Insolvencies, dated 11-Feb and 11-Feb 1842
William Willis, 31 hus Labourer Prot both Surrey arrived 17 Feb 1842 from London and Cork on the Thetis
Emma Willis, 24 wife of William Housekeeper Prot both Surrey arrived 17 Feb 1842 from London and Cork on the Thetis
Emma Willis, 1 dau of William Prot Surrey arrived 17 Feb 1842 from London and Cork on the Thetis
William Willis and Emma christened Jane Maria 1843, Sarah 1844
William Willis and Catherine Emma christened James Lewis 1843, James William 1846
William Willis in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 29 May 1843 source PPH
William Willis, Insolvent debts being checked. Source - Port Phillip Herald 24 Dec 1844
William Willis Mrs Page 197 Letters at Office 30th June 1847
William Willis Letter at Post-office unclaimed 7 April 1847
William Willis sexton Jews' grave yard, Source - 1847 Directory
Willis & Swanston in a partnership settlers Pigeon Ponds Glenelg, Source - 1847 Directory
Mr Willison arrived at Hobart on 29 Aug 1838 from Port Phillip on 15 Aug on the Adelaide
Adam Wills - 2nd Mate (Staff 5) came 7 Oct 1841 on the Intrinsic
B Wills, with 147 men, was presented to Sir George Gipps at a Levee, Mon 25 Oct 1841in his honour. Source - Port Phillip Herald, 26 Oct 1841
Edward Wills 2 Jan 1844 unclaimed letter at Geelong post office
Edward Witts / Wills 24 hus of Elizabeth (family 43) Labourer Prot both Cornwall arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
Elizabeth Witts / Wills 27 wife of Edward (family 43) arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
Mary Witts / Wills 7 dau of Edward (family 43) arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
John Witts / Wills 3 son of Edward (family 43) arrived 16 Apr 1844 on the Sea Queen
Edward Wills and Elizabeth christened Grace 1844, Mary 1846
Mr E Wills arrived 12 May 1844 at Geelong from Hobart on the Lillias , source local newspapers
Edward Wills blacksmith Great Brunswick st Collingwood, Source - 1847 Directory
George Wills, died 3m male Melbourne 1842 #38378 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Mr G Wills Esq. with Mrs and Miss Wills arrived at Sydney 17 Dec 1838 from Port Phillip and Adelaide on the Adelaide
Henry Wills arrived 27 August 1841 at Port Jackson, He was born 4 December 1817 in Ashburton, Devon and left Port Plymouth on 21 May 1841 on the ship "William Metcalfe" (also known as "William Mitcalfe"). He came by himself after leaving his parents farm in search of a better life in Australia. He was 24 years old at the time and settled in Marjorca, central Victoria. From Wills
Henry Wills wed 1850 #5512 to Maria Howard Walker, son William 1857 - 1884 aged 27, 9 chn registered, 7 died
Henry Joseph Wills b. 1817, Ashburton, Devon, d. 1868, Majorca, Vic., and Maria Stewart (or Stoward) Walker . Maria died at Timor, near Maryborough, Vic., in 1916.
Henry Wills, and Mary Stephens baptised male Charles at Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne born at Melbourne 1842 #70
Charles Wills, died 1 male Melbourne 1842 #38312 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
Directory 1847 butcher George street Collingwood
Highett Wills Correspondence sold Murray Manidample to Highett, William
Horatio Spencer Howe Wills (Edward Spencer , Edward ) was christened on 15 Oct 1811 and was killed on 17 Oct 1861 aged 50 years old. Horatio was also MLA for South Grant in the first Victorian Assembly.
HS Wills Portland Bay District License to depasture stock, for month of Sept 1844
Horatio S Wills, Licensed to depasture stock at Portland Bay District August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
Horatio Spencer Wills settler Mount William Grampians, Source - 1847 Directory
Horatio Wills wed in 1833 in Parramatta, NSW to Elizabeth McGuire 3 Dec 1813 - 28 Dec 1907 aged 94. They had 9 children, the first Thomas Wentworth Wills was christened on 19 Aug 1835 in Gundagai, NSW. He died on 3 May 1880. He became famous as both a cricketter and footballer, an excellent painting of Tom hangs in the foyer of the Geelong Football Club at Kardinia Park. The club is open every day, where one can view the painting.
After crossing the Murray with his entire family, servants, stockmen etc., he arrived at Mt. Ararat which he named ("as like the ark I rested here!!") and in 1843 built "Lexington" homestead on the property of 120,000 acres. (Note: Lexington is still inhabited). After he sold it for 253,000 pound, he moved to Pt. Henry, Geelong and built the first model farm in the colony (Bellevue). He also was first to import barbed wire for sheep fences to keep dingoes out!
In 1860 he sailed for Rockhampton Qld, where P.F.McDonald (a neighbour) sold him Cullinlaringo Station on the Nagoa River, near Emerald, Central Qld. In 1861 he and his eldest son Tom and a party of 22 or so overlanded their sheep from Sydney. They had been on "Cullinglaringo" for three weeks when, on 17 Oct 1861 they were attacked by aborigines and all but three slaughtered (the largest single massacre in Australia). His son Tom had been sent to "Albinia Downs" station for supplies so was not at the murder scene. Horatio Wills is buried at Garden Creek where he died. His grave and the graves of all the other 18 (men, women and children) is in a small reserve.
Elizabeth Wills (6th child of Horatio Wills and Elizabeth McGuire) was christened on 7 Jan 1852 in "Lexington" Station at Mt William, near Ararat, Victoria. She died on 21 Apr 1930 in Prahran. She wed on 3 Apr 1877 in Christ Church, Geelong to Edward Lesley Shaw son of Forster Shaw and Ellen Boyd Webb.
John Wills aged 38 came Jan 1840 with 273 on the John Bull with Agnes 33, Thos 10, Jane P 7, Agnes 5, Jno 3
John Wills - 2nd Mate (Staff 4) came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Metcalfe
John Wills house Collingwood Gipps Ward 183 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
John Wills Letter at Post-office unclaimed 27th February, 1847
John Wills carter William street Collingwood, Source - 1847 Directory
Joseph Wills in list of unclaimed letters held at Post Office 31 Jan 1843 source PPH - 31 Jan 1843
Joseph Wills Western District Monthly list of Depasturing Licenses for 1 to 30 Sep 1843 source PPH- 29 Sep 1843
Joseph Wills County of Bourke License to depasture stock, for month of Sept 1844
Joseph Wills and Ann Colman christened Eliza 1845
Joseph Wills, exported 95 bales of wool to UK in the previous year. Source - Geelong Advertiser 28 June 1845
Joseph Wills, Licensed to depasture stock at County of Bourke August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
Mr J Wills Departed from Launceston on 1 Feb 1839 for Portland Bay, on the Sally Ann
Mary Wills aged 18 came Jul 1841 with 273 on the Westminster
Mr Wills, in Oct 1839 employed Janet Stewart aged 24, House servant, who came on the David Clarke
Mrs Wills and child sailed 9-Dec 1840 for Hobart Lillias
Mr Wills (Cabin 14) came 26 Jul 1841 on the William Metcalfe
Richard Wells wed Rose Mullen in 1841 at Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong christened Charles 1844, Thomas 1846
Robert Wills adult came Sep 1847 with 306 on the Joseph Somes
T Wills Convict assigned to him is Edmund Supton came 1835 on the Westmoreland
Thomas Wills, subscribed 5/5/- to the Testomonial to be presented to Captain Lonsdale, a total of 325 pounds 17s from 76 men. Source - Port Phillip Herald 31 Jan 1840
Thomas Wills, on 10 June 1840 purchased suburban allotment in Prahan of 172 acres - source Port Phillip Herald 12 June 1840
Thomas Wills JP Little Collins-street Melbourne, source 1841 Kerr's Almanac transcribed by Lenore Frost
Thomas Wills, JP appointed a Trustee of the Savings Bank of Port Phillip. Source - Port Phillip Herald, 2 Nov 1841
Thomas Wills, freehold, Yarra Yarra The Port Phillip Herald Fri, 26 May 1843 District of Port Phillip Electoral List of 291 names voted in election 20 June 1843, during third hour, 11-noon Tue 27 Jun 1843 Melbourne resident signed supporting William Lonsdale
Thomas Wills has 5 Deeds of Grant received by Sub-Treasury, and ready for delivery upon payment of the regulated fees, source Melbourne Times, 18 March 1843, page 3, Government Notices
Thomas Wills freehold Collins Lane LaTrobe Ward 225 voters Voters in the town of Melbourne 1 June 1843 to 1 June 1844 source PPH 16 May 1843
Thomas Wills freehold Barrabool Hills 6 miles from Corio also has vote in another Ward Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
Thomas Wills freehold Yarra Yarra Electors in District of Port Phillip source PPH, 6 June 1843
Thomas Wills JP on list of supporters of William Lonsdale, Sub-Treasurer source PPH- 27 June 1843
Thomas Wills, Esq JP seconded Maurice Charles OConnell for election to Legislative Council. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 20 April 1844
Thomas Wills, voted 11-noon Melbourne to elect two members to sit in Legislative Council. Source - Port Phillip Herald 26 Apr 1844
Thomas Wills, to serve as a Warden of the District Council, Bourke. Source - Melbourne Weekly Courier 29 June 1844
Thomas Wills Yarra Yarra freehold List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Thomas Wills Barabool Hills 6 miles from Geelong freehold List 10 Sep 1844 of Elector in Port Phillip 1 June 1844 to 31 May 1845
Thomas Wills, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Barabool Hills 6 miles from Geelong Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Thomas Wills, one of 469 voters who qualified by Freehold in Yarra Yarra Electors List District of Bourke. Source - Melbourne Courier 8 Aug 1845
Thomas Wills, Licensed to cut timber at County Grant August 1845. Source - Melbourne Courier 29 Sep 1845
Thomas Wills 51 acres 1 rood and 21 perches Grant lot 8 and lot 9. Deeds 23 Jan 1847
Thomas Wills District Council Of Bourke. 5tb April, 1847,
Thomas Wills J.P. landholder Lucan Yarra River, Source - 1847 Directory
William Wills 24 (single man 68) Farm Servant RC both Devonshire, came 30 July 1841 on the Westminster
William Wills wed Julia Kelly in 1841 at Roman Catholic Melbourne & Geelong Letter at Post-office unclaimed 7 April 1847
Julia Wills, died 28 female Melbourne 1842 #38372 Roman Catholic St Francis, Melbourne
William Wills, and Selina baptised Francis William at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Melb 1842 #13060
William Wills, and Selina baptised William at Church Of England St James, Melbourne born at Darebin Pt 1842 #12758
William Wills, died W 1 male Melbourne 1842 #3692 Church Of England St James, Melbourne
William Wills and Diana Selina christened Selina Jane 1847
Thomas Wills Owned Property Barrabool Hills Geelong - Freehold Property
Thomas Wills Owned Property Yarra Yarra - Freehold Property
William Wills labourer off Flinders lane, Source - 1847 Directory
William Wills woolbroker Flinders lane, Source - 1847 Directory
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