OBITUARY: Walter George HOPPER, 1866-1925

Werribee Shire Banner (Vic) – Thursday 19 February 1925 Obituary It is with profound regret that we have to record the death of a well-known resident in the person of Mr Walter Hopper, which took place at his residence, Cemetery Road, on the 14th inst. The deceased, who had attained the age of 59 years, was a native of Werribee …

OBITUARY: Arthur Edward HOPPER, 1876-1941

Werribee Shire Banner – Thursday 28 August 1941 OBITUARY ARTHUR EDWARD HOPPER Although ailing for the past few months, no immediate concern was felt for the health of Mr. E. A. Hopper until Tuesday night last, when his condition became suddenly alarming. Despite expert attention, he sank rapidly and passed away at his home in Greaves Street, shortly before midnight. …

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 …

Herbert Willis (1891-1956) & the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Herbert William WILLIS (1891-1956) – Herbert became an apprentice painter at age 13. He migrated to Australia in 1909 at the urging of his brother, Harry. Worked as a painter for the NSW Transport Department, becoming a Foreman Painter on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Herbert belonged to a Masonic Lodge and had homes in the Blackheath and Carlton suburbs of …

William Harvey (1905-1994) – in search of gold and diamonds!

William Frederick HARVEY (1905-1994) – travelled the world visiting the Klondike Goldfields (too late), the Suez Canal and then Australia. He become involved with his brother George in a diamond mine but lacked investment.  He broke his hip in the Outback and was brought back to Sydney by camel, travelling for 10 days, then returned home – being semi-crippled for …