William Wanliss

William Wanliss

Male 1835 - 1908  (73 years)

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  • Name William Wanliss 
    Born 11 Mar 1835  Abernethy, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 23 Mar 1835  Abernethy, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1851  St. Magdalene's farm, East Church Parish, Perth, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    with his parents 
    IMMI Apr 1871  Rockingham, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • There is a plaque on the Rockingham Waterfront Pioneer Rotary Walk in Rockingham, Western Australia. It reads, "Arrived in April 1871 aboard Bordeaux. In 1872 the brothers acquired the lease of 250,000 acres of jarrah forest at Jarrahdale. They built a sawmill to cut export timber. To develop this industry they built a railway to Rockingham where a port was built with suitable jetties for loading ship."

      -- Note that Thomas had been in Australia since the 1850s; perhaps 1871 is when William arrived.
    Occupation Jun 1871-1876  Jarrahdale, Western Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    timber manager 
    • Early interest in the timber industry had not been commercially viable because of the limitations imposed by short term timber licenses. However, in late 1860s Governor Weld was to stimulate the establishment and growth of an important timber industry in this state by granting long term leases or concessions. A group of investors in Victoria, including the Wanliss brothers, William and Thomas, were to be granted a 100,000 ha timber concession in June 1871. The Jarrahdale Station Syndicate came into being with a land lease stretching from Byford in the north, almost to North Dandelup in the south and east to include most of the Canning River watershed.

      The new company was soon in financial difficulties and was taken over by the Rockingham Jarrah Timber Company, although William Wanliss was to be manager until 1876.

      Source: http://www.jarrahdale.com/a-history-of-jarrahdale-western-australia
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      This page on the history of Jarrahdale, Western Australia:
      http://lewisfamilytree.wordpress.com/jarrahdale-information/
      says:
      MILL MANAGERS AT JARRAHDALE (by M Hamilton for the JHS)
      During the period of timber milling at Jarrahdale from 1872 until closure in 1997 men in control ranged from a general manager overseeing all mills, a superintendent, and a mill manager who would be in charge of the mills in the locality. Mill foreman was mostly referred to as mill boss.

      WANLISS William was in charge of mill construction. Together with his brother, he formed the Ballarat Syndicate, Rockingham Jarrah Timber Coy. Ltd (June 1871).
      William Wanliss was manager (also referred to as superintendent) when the mill began operating and remained so until the company failed early in 1876. Mr Wicking was Secretary to the company. Mr Drummond Wanliss, brother to William Wanliss, was also involved with directing workmen. Mr Chesterton was Foreman.
      1871-1876 WANLISS William (Fall, V.)
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      It wasnąt until the 1870s that the tiny settlement of Rockingham began to grow. A syndicate headed by the Wanliss brothers began cutting the jarrah trees in the hinterland and, determined to export their rich harvest, they built a sawmill, a jetty at Rockingham, and a railway linking the mill to the jetty. For a brief period Rockingham became the most important port on the coast. Its importance declined with the construction of the railway from Perth to Bunbury in 1893 which resulted in much of the produce from the area being transported either to Perth or Bunbury. Around this time C Y O'Connor completed the Inner Harbour at Fremantle. With this excess of port facilities Rockingham continued to decline. By 1908 the Rockingham port had been closed.
      [source: http://www.smh.com.au/news/western-australia/rockingham/2005/02/17/1108500208676.html]
    Newspaper 22 May 1884  Cairns, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cairns Post (Queensland, Aus.)
      "Attention is directed to the error in Deeds Notice of intention to amend Deeds of Grant in favor of William Wanliss and Drummond Wanliss, in the manner specified and published in the Government Gazette of the 3rd instant. - C.B. Dutton"

      --I can't find the original notice in a 3 May newspaper.
    Occupation Bef 1908  [3
    prospector and explorer 
    Died 27 May 1908  Dekwires Kraal, Rhodesia, Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death Notice 20 Oct 1908  Germiston, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • William Wanliss.
      Born Scotland.
      Age of deceased: don't know, about 70.
      Unmarried.
      Date of decease: 27th.May 1908
      Place De kwiries (?) Kraal.Rhodesia.
      Sisters: J.M. Wanliss, E. Wanliss, Bridge of Earn, Scotland
      Brothers: Drummond Wanliss, Rhodesia [address unknown]
      Dated at Germiston South Africa 20th,October 1908.
      [Source: Eric Wanliss]
    Notes 
    • Jarrahdale is a small historic town nestled in the hills just 50 Km south of Perth. Wanliss Street in Jarrahdale was named after this family.

      Not with his parents in the 1861 census.
    Person ID I2  49: David Wanliss & Janet Moon
    Last Modified 4 Nov 2014 

    Father John Wanliss,   b. 1789, Jamesfield, Carpow, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1866, Croft House, Craigie, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Janet Drummond,   b. 16 Aug 1801, Errol, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1876, Perth, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1827  Longforgan, Perth, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Census, 1851, Scotland.

    2. [S19] Parish register, IMAGE AT SCOTLANDSPEOPLE (Reliability: 3).
      1835 Mr. John Wanlis and his wife Mrs. Wanless had a child born the eleventh of March and baptized the twentieth and third named William
      -- all the other entries on this page gave the mother's first name but this one!

    3. [S15] Tombstone: John Wanliss family, Perth, ([from Graham Young; location not certain; probably in Perthshire]).

    4. [S8] Old Parochial Registers, FILM 1040128 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S11] Old Parochial Registers. FHL Film 1040128.

    6. [S21] Newspaper or Magazine.
      Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1828 (Google Book Search): Married 30 Nov 1827 at Eastbank, Perthshire, Mr. John Wanliss, Jamesfield, to Janet, eldest daughter of Thos. Drummond, Esq. of Newton