James Herbert Wilson (1872-1942)

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James Herbert Wilson
Sex: Male
Birth: 1872
Death: June 1942
Father: William Wilson
Mother: Mary McHarg
Spouse/Partner: Edith Olive Wilson (née Hall)

Biography Edit

James Herbert Wilson ('Jim' to everyone save his mother; she called him Herbert) was born in 1872 in Collingwood, Melbourne[1].

The family had land in Kinglake in Murrindindi Shire[2], and in his early 20s Jim went there to grow potatoes so that he could earn some money to support the family[3] back in Melbourne. While he was living up there in the little shack he built himself, his younger sister Jessie died of TB, and his brother Andrew moved to Perth to practise Architecture[3].

Notes Edit

  • At the peak of the gold rush, c.1890–95, Jim followed him and they went to find gold in Kalgoorlie, but with no luck[3].
  • "He married in I think 1903 [actually 1904[1]], living in a rented home in Lyall Street in South Perth"[3]. Married Edith Olive Hall in 1904 in Perth[4]
  • "and then I think after Jean and Gordon were born, he had a stroke of luck and won 100 pounds, whether on a horse or a lottery or a raffle I have no idea, but the result was that he was the owner of two blocks of land west of Subiaco. Andrew designed and supervised the building of the house."[3]
  • "In the middle of June of 1914 my father bought as farm at Quairading for which he paid 1000 pounds sterling."[5] Avon Location 8286. Train to Perth.
  • c.1920: pressure from family to sell farm (for £2000) as Charlie had started C. M. Wilson Pty. Ltd. in Murray Street[5].
  • Had a house in Shenton Park on half an acre. It's still there, although unrecognisable.[6]
  • Mid-thirties had a heart attach on the boat home from Devonport, got home and Charlie insisted he stop work[5].
  • Died 1942 in Perth[5].


  1. ^ a b Victorian Pioneers Index 1837–1888, National Library of Australia. Birth certificate number 1823. [Accessed 2007-20-10, user:samwilson.]
  2. ^ 'VICNAMES' online geographical name database. [Accessed 2007-10-20, user:samwilson]
  3. ^ a b c d e Hussey, R. c.1990, unpublished manuscript, held in the H. M. Wilson Archives.
  4. ^ Western Australian Department of Justice Online Index of Births, Deaths and Marriages 1841–1931. [accessed 2007-10-20 by user:samwilson]. Marriage registration number 1195.
  5. ^ a b c d Hussey, R. c.1990. Unpublished manuscript held in the H. M. Wilson Archives.
  6. ^ Pers. comm. between R. Wilson and user:samwilson, c.2005.

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