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Willis William

Male Abt 1845 - 1915  (~ 70 years)

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  • Name Willis William 
    Born Abt 1845 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Aug 1915  ,Colac East, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I9328  GeniAus Family Tree
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2016 

    Father Willis John,   b. ,,Tipperary,Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1878 
    Mother D’arcy Sarah,   b. Abt 1822, ,Tipperary, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1900, Commercial Hotel, Colac, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years) 
    Married Bef 1841  ,,,Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3024  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Family ID F3045  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S2969] Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954), Sat 4 Sep 1915 Page 14.
      One of. our best known and most
      highly esteemed residents, in the per-
      son of Mr. W. Willis of Colac East,
      died on Friday last, at the age of 70
      years. He had been ill for some :
      time, and had the great consolation
      of having his son, the Rev. Fr. Wil-
      lis, at his bedside. Deceased was an
      old identity or Colac, and was a
      member of a family which was close-
      ly associated with the early history
      of Colac. His father, Mr. John
      Willis, who arrived in Australia in
      1841, first settled in New South
      Wales, where he engaged in pastoral
      activities for about , six years, re-
      moving to Colac in 1849, his son,
      William, being about four years old
      at the time. Mr. Willis, sen., set
      tled on a farm at Irrewarra, and
      went in for agriculture ant\ sheep
      breeding, and in 1854 he erected the
      Great. Western Hotel, at the junction
      of the Colac to Geelong and Beeac
      roads. In 1875 he built the present
      Commercial Hotel, near the Shire
      Hall, and this proved to be a for-
      ward step towards fixing the per-
      manency of the west end, which was
      just about then springing into im
      portance. Mr. John Willis engaged
      in farming, pursuits for a number of
      years, and, was also greatly inter-
      ested in sporting matters. The de-
      ceased leaves a widow and a family
      of four sons and three daughters —
      the Rev. V. Willis (of St. Francis'
      Church, Melbourne)', Bernard, Eu-
      gene, Everard, Sister Muriell (Con
      vent of Mercy, Ascot Vale), Queenic, .
      and Beatrice— and the deepest sym-
      pathy is extended to them in their
      affliction. The body was conveyed
      to St. Mary's ' Church, ? whero
      Requiem Mass:, was celebrated
      by the Rev. Fr. Willis, son of de-
      ceased. The cortege from the church
      was a lengthy and representative
      one, and the body was laid to rest
      in the family allotment in the Ca-
      tholic portion of' the Colac Cem
      tery. The Rev. , Fr. . Willis, son of
      deceased, supported by the Rev. Frs.
      Daly and M'Gloin, conducted the ser
      vice at the grave, the coffin-bearers
      being Messrs. John Callanan, H.
      Powell, A. G. Spark, and H. '
      M'Mahon. The pall was supported
      by Messrs. F. Anthony, M. Willis,
      jun., Geo. Hills, Geo. Armstrong,
      Jos. M'Mahon, John Woods, G. F.
      Sydenham, W. M'Nicol, Alex. Came
      ron, and Jno. Mahoney. The coffin
      was of polished oak, with silver
      mountings. : The mortuary arrange
      ments were in the hands of Mr,. Geo.