Bonnie William from Dundee

Regrettably to this point no image of William Hartley Wilson, the first of our Australian pioneer Wilson forebears, has been found; we are more fortunate with William’s spouse Margaret, having two images, which tend to support her reputation for sobriety and strength of will – in one she is about 50, in the other about 70. These can be viewed in the ‘Galleries’ section. But we do have an image of William’s grandson Albert Williamson Wilson who according to the story passed down in the Tasmanian arm of the family, bore a striking resemblance to William. His image is shown here. Margaret died in 1875, William who was 14 years her senior having passed on in 1856 – perhaps just too early to have been captured on film. Margaret was reportedly a sterner figure who in later life after William’s passing, “ruled the family with tight reign (or perhaps more validly, rein!)”. William’s story and that of his family such as we know it today, was first introduced mid 1980s in the ‘Synopsis’ document “Bonnie William from Dundee” (created by our researcher colleague Michael Wilson) and has been progressively updated with amendments and expansions on this website. In early 2000s our research group produced an audio-visual DVD version of the story, and copies may be obtained via the website administrator. Additionally at that time Michael and his son Tristan...

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