The fourth son and ninth child in the family, educated from the daily bible readings by his father.
William grew up on “Oakbank” and was only 6 years of age when his mother died. He remained on “Oakbank” undertaking manual tasks associated with isolated rural living.
William later went to New Zealand and worked on a dairy farm. It was here he met and married a woman named Rhoda Caddy. There were no children from this marriage.
William and Rhoda returned to Australia, perhaps this followed the death of William’s father and he would have returned to receive his share of the inheritance. Their marriage did not work out and Rhoda eventually left William.
Later in life William travelled by horse and cart selling haberdashery. At one time he called in to Concord West to visit his niece Mona Hokin who had a very neat garden. The horses were eating the roses much to Mona’s distress. William said, “It’s alright Mona, the roses won’t hurt the horses”.
Drinking became a problem for William and an old police sergeant kicked him out of town.
William continued a sad solitary life as a vendor, drinking heavily and living a transient lifestyle. Eventually he was admitted to Sunbury Mental Hospital in Melbourne where he died from chronic Nephritis.