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Members Family History'sPope Family - Dianne Marsh (1013)
My great grandfather Henry Burton POPE was born on the 18th Dec. 1856 in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia, the youngest of 5 children to David Daniel POPE and Jane COOK.
Williams Family - Dianne Marsh (1013)
William Charles WILLIAMS.
Born 1852, Llanllyfini, Nth Wales.
Died 4th May 1899, Cunninghame.
My Great grandfather Captain William Charles WILLIAMS was an interesting character whose life was cut short by an unfortunate accident. William's life, like a lot of other mariners, was a lonely one without the family and it seems that a lot of them were fond of the odd glass or two.
Perhaps it was the extra glass or two that caused Captain William to lose his footing and slip on the bow, banging his head on the anchor as he fell. He had been in the pub until 1 am, although the deponents say 1 pm.
William was the captain of the "Evion", a small maize carrier trading between Orbost and Cunninghame. He was to have slept on board his boat Thursday evening, and it wasn't until Friday that the alarm was raised that he was missing. A search was instituted and when he couldn't be found , it was feared he had met with a mishap in attempting to board his vessel and drowned. He was not found until the 11th of May 1899. The inquest confirmed that he had hit his head when he fell, and drowned.
Some years previously, he was Captain of the schooner "Glengarry" and later the "PS Lady of the Lake". He was also the licencee of the Ferbank Hotel. In November 1884 a petition was sent stating the need for a building for the 35 children that could be at the Entrance at that time. William agreed to provide the building which could be used for Sunday services and entertainments. The school, No. 2672 was opened by George ROBINSON on the 29th May 1885, sited next to the Ferbank Hotel.
At the time of his death, he was married to May Ellen HUGHES and was the father of 8 children.