William Forlonge was born 1811 in Scotland, United Kingdom to John Forlonge (1782-1834) and Eliza Jack (1785-1859) and died 15 September 1890 in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia of bronchitis. He married Marion Templeton (c1818-c1880) 13 May 1837 in Roseneath Cottage, Parramatta, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. He married Elizabeth Mary Nolan (1845-1919) May 1889 in Eschol Park, New South Wales, Australia. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.


Offspring of John Forlonge and Eliza Jack (1785-1859)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Forlonge (1811-1890) 1811 Scotland, United Kingdom 15 September 1890 Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia Marion Templeton (c1818-c1880)
Elizabeth Mary Nolan (1845-1919)

Andrew Forlonge (1816-c1897)

William and his mother, Eliza Forlonge, were pioneers of Australia's merino industry, importing sheep from Saxony first to Tasmania at Kenilworth near Campbell Town in 1829, then at Euroa, Seven Creeks, Victoria. William's father John had been, according to relative Nancy Adams in her book Family Fresco, "the linch-pin of the enterprise" until his death.

William had an eventful life in Australia, being bankrupted twice and a member of a State Parliament three times.

1867 bankruptcy

His failure was reported in British newspapers, such as Liverpool Daily Post on 12 and 13 September and Staffordshire Sentinel and Commercial & General Advertiser on 14 September. "Advices from Australia announces the failure of Mr William Forlonge, a sqatter in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. His liabilities were estimated to reach the large sum of £283,000, including, it is stated, £66,000 to the bank of Australia."[1]


Offspring of William Forlonge and Marion Templeton (c1818-c1880)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Christina Eliza Forlonge (1838-1918)
Jane (Jessie) Forlonge (1839-1892)
Marion Jane Forlonge (1841-1885) 27 May 1841 Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 27 November 1885 56 Bryanston Street, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom (Middlesex) Arthur Cecil Cope Jenkinson Guinness (1841-1897)

Alice ''Maude'' Forlonge (1843-1919)
Florence Forlonge (1845-)
William Frederick Forlonge (1847-1847)
Charles Henry Forlonge (1849-1912) 12 August 1849 Woodstock, Victoria, Australia 5 February 1912 Australia Sarah Lane (c1847-1932)

Edith Forlong (1851-1921)
Reginald Forlonge (1854-1916) 1854 Chichester, Sussex, England, United Kingdom 1916 Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia Elizabeth Charlotte Lane (-1944)

William Percy Forlonge (1857-1931)
Constance Eugenie Forlonge (1859-1893)

Reginald's birth from Morning Post (London) on 20 March 1854[2]:

FORLONG.---On the 16th inst., at Burton-park, Petworth, Sussex, the wife of William Forlong, Esq., of a son.

The birth of one child (not listed above) was reported thus in the Brighton Gazette of 15 May 1856:

On the 3rd May, at Brighton, the wife of William Forlonge, Esq., M.L.C., Victoria, Australia, of a son." -

Constance's birth was recorded thus in the Evening Mail of 20 April 1859[3]:

On the 15th inst., at 7, Glocester-square[sic], Hyde-park, the wife of William Forlonge, Esq., of a daughter.

More believable place name in the Morning Post of 21 April 1859[4]:

FORLONGE.—On the 15th inst., at 7, Gloucester-square, Hyde-park, the wife of William Forlonge, Esq., of a daughter.

Eliza Christina's wedding was reported thus by the Morning Post of 9 August 1861[5]:

POOLE--FORLONGE.--On the 6th instant, at St. James's, Paddington, by the Rev. Charles Ward, Rector of Maulden, Reginald Stuart Poole, Esq., of the British Museum, to Eliza Christina, eldest daughter of William Forlonge, Esq., of Melbourne, Victoria.

Marion's wedding was reported thus by the Edinburgh Evening Courant of 14 June 1862:

Married, at St Peter's Church, Melbourne, on the 12th April, Arthur Cecil Cope Jenkinson, second son of the late Richard Samuel Guinness, Esq., M.P., barrister, of Black Rock, County Dublin, to Marion Jane, daughter of William Forlonge, Esq., of Euora[sic]. -

Florence's wedding to a presumed relative was reported in more than one newspaper, e.g. Dundee Courier 28 September 1867, p4[6]:

At St Paul's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, on the 26th instant, by the Rev. James Montgomery, William J. Forlong, Captain Bengal Army, to Florence, daughter of William Forlonge, Esq., Melbourne, Australia.—No cards.


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
₪ Wedding
  • First cousins. Margaret Holmes said in 2013 "Rose Cottage still exists, beautifully restored, as a Solicitor's office in a row of cottages in Parramatta".
  • Sydney Gazette and NSW Advertiser (NSW:1803-1842) Thurs 15 June 1837 Page 3 - "By special licence on the 13th last (she was his first cousin!) at Roseneath Cottage Parramatta, by the Rev John McGarvie, A.M., William Forlong (without the 'e') Esq of Kennelworth (sp) Van Dieman's Land to Marion, third daughter of the late Andrew Templeton, Esq., banker, Glasgow."
2 Wedding 2
  • Email from Margaret Holmes 2008
¶ Death
  • "Mr Forlong's will was made on Sunday night by Mr R Booth and he appointed as his executors Mr James Sparkes (witness at his marriage to Elizabeth), Rose Vale Terra Bella; Mr A H Fearon,Manager of the Bank of New South Wales, Dubbo; and Mr D W Waddell,formerly of Orange, but now Manager of the Haymarket branch of the A.J.S Bank."
  • Bathurst Free Press and Mining Journal (NSW: 1851-1904) Wednesday 17 September 1890
§ Remains
  • Index says "Forlonge William 15.9.1890 72y Husband".
  • Email from Margaret Holmes, 2013, citing "Australian Cemetery Index 1808-2007", thought to be on


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