James Augustus Willis (1865-?) – went to Australia and was never heard of again!

James Augustus WILLIS (1865 – c1931) – According to family legend, James “went to Australia when he was about 20 years old and was never heard of after that!”  Passenger lists show a James A Willis left London on 21 September 1886 and disembarked in Mackay in Queensland, Australia on 17 November that year. He was 22 years old and his occupation was ‘ploughman’ and the Country of origin was Kent, England. He was an ‘indentured labourer’. [An indentured labourer was under contract of the employer for some period of time, usually four to seven years, in exchange for such things as ship’s passage, food, land and accommodation.]