William Free (1860-1951) &
Margaret Barbour (1858-1932)

(last updated 23 August 2017)

pingelly in around 1920

Born at Mount Hesse in Victoria in 1860, William Free was the third son of William Free snr and Eliza Flavell. He married Margaret Barbour at Buckhurst Street in the Melbourne suburb of Emerald Hill on 7 February 1883. Their wedding certificate shows that Margaret was born at Corack in Victoria in 1858, the daughter of William Barbour and Marion Harper. She was living at Emerald Hill at the time of their wedding which was witnessed by Andrew Palmer and Margaret's sister, Mary Barbour. Les Free tells us that William Barbour (1833-1913) was a carpenter by trade who was born at Belfast in Ireland. His wife Marion Harper (1837-1928) came from Ayreshire in Scotland. According to the 'White Family Tree' on Ancestry.com and other sources, they were married at Ballarat in Victoria in 1854 and had at least two other children: Mary Barbour, who married John Clouston Louttit at Geelong in 1884, and Sarah Barbour who married Archibald Louttit at Mortlake in 1895. The Victorian Government Gazette recorded that a W. Barbour was granted a lease to a block of land at Corack in 1878.

After their marriage William and Margaret Free lived initially at Corack East where, in 1886 they leased (in Margaret's name) a 250-acre block of land near that of William's father. They had six children at Corack: Mary Ann (or Marion) Flavell Free (born in 1883), Eliza Ada Free (1885), Emily Alice Free (1887), Sarah Sylvia Free (1889), Annie Free (1890-2) and Annie Wilson Free (1892). We think they had two more children who both died young: William Walter Henry Free (born at Wycheproof in 1894) and Allan Walter Free (Lalbert, 1899). There is some evidence they may also have had a son, Frederick Free, before they were married although this has still to be confirmed.

In around 1894 William and Margaret sold their lease at Corack East and moved northward to Lalbert where they took up farming in the Parish of Talgitcha. Early Department of Education records indicate their children attended Lalbert State School No 2990 (the 1895 inspector's report included an Eliza, May and 'Fredrick' Free, aged 10, 12 and 13 years respectively). In 1898 William, together with his brothers Samuel and James Free and a number of other local farmers, petitioned the Victorian Minister of Public Instruction, A. J. Peacock MLA, to establish a primary school in the parish. Their request was acceded to and, on 21 November the following year State School No 3347 was opened in a 30'x15'x10' single-room wooden building that had been constructed by the Frees and their neighbours. Among the inaugural student body taught by the school's first teacher, John Grant, were four of William and Margaret's girls - Eliza, Emily, Sarah and Annie Free - all who were said to live in the North West Riding of the Swan Hill Shire, two miles distant from the school.

Some time after the turn of the century, William and Margaret and three of their daughters left Victoria for Western Australia. There they took up farming near the township of Pingelly (pictured above in around 1920) not far from where Henry Edward Hickmott and his family had settled. The 1910 Australian electoral roll shows that William and Margaret and their unmarried daughter, Emily Alice Free, lived initially on Parade St in Pingelly itself. That William was farming was clear from such newspaper reports as the 'Elders Weekly Stock Report' in the November 1912 issue of the Western Mail which informed its readers that the company had sold 50 sheep on behalf of William.

By the time of the 1916 election, William and Margaret were registered as living on their property, which they had named 'Avondale', at East Pingelly. With them at this time was their married daughter Sarah Chaplin and her husband Francis who was working as a contractor (see below). During this time just as William was scanning the rural sections of the State's regional newspapers, Margaret was an avid reader of the Perth Sunday Times to which she would submit suggestions for such things as the proposed uses for borax, how to restore plated articles and how to clean a felt hat: 'Brush the hat well. Then cut a good hard crust from a loaf of stale bread and rub the cut surface of the bread or crust against the felt. You will be pleased with the result - M. Free, Pingelly'.

William and Margaret remained at 'Avondale' until the latter's death there in 1932. Curiously we have not been able to find any reports of her death in the Sunday Times or any of the other other newspapers of the time (some of which published numerous reference to William's stock and wool sales). In February 1936, in its 'Country News' section, the West Australian told it readers that 'at the invitation of Mr Free of East Pingelly, a large number of his friends assembled at his home on Friday evening last, February 7, the occasion being the 77th anniversary of his birthday'. William may have sold 'Avondale' shortly after as the 1937 and 1943 election rolls have William farming at Yealering. He eventually died at Leederville in Perth on 29 June 1951, aged 91 years. On this occasion there were numerous notices of bereavement subsequently published in the West Australian including, on 2 July:

FREE: On June 29 1951, at his late residence, 216 Railway Parade Leederville, William, husband of the late Margaret Free, loved father of Marion (Mrs McCulloch), Eliza (Mrs Hickmott), Emily (Mrs Leslie), Sarah (Mrs Chaplin), Annie (Mrs Price), fond father-in-law of Jim, Jack, George, Ern (dec) and Will.

A number of other notices also appeared celebrating William as the loved 'father and father-in-law of Annie and Will Price, grandfather of William and Rupert'; 'father and father-in-law of May and Jim McCulloch, grandfather of George Mann'; father of Emily, father-in-law of George Leslie, grandfather of May and Eric Walker, great-grandfather of Len, Gwen and Kevin'; 'granddad of Sylvia and Arthur, great-granddad of Stephen'; 'granddad of Leila and Snow, great-grandad of Noeline and Russell'; 'grandfather of Hazel, g-grandfather of Alison and Kaye'; and uncle of niece E. Hebiton who described William as 'One of Nature's gentleman'.

greetings from pingelly wa

We think this photo is of William at or near his farm at Pingelly. On the back is inscribed:
'To Sam and Fanny from Maggie and Will wish you a happy Xmas 1909'.

What of their children? As described above, William and Margaret had two sons who seem to have died young and five daughters all of whom grew to adulthood and married. Three of their daughters went with them to Western Australia while the two eldest remained in Victoria (although one of these also eventually went to the West). Described below is what we have managed to discover to date about their lives and families.

1. Mary Ann ('Marion') Flavell Free (1893-1963).

Born and schooled at Corack East, William and Margaret's eldest daughter seems to have been married three times. Her first husband, who she married at Lalbert in 1902, was George Mann, the son of Jonathon Mann (1842-1927) and Emily Speirs (1840-1907). George was born at Coghill's Creek in Victoria in 1871 and was working as a blacksmith at the time of their marriage (the Mann family had settled land in the Lalbert parishes of Cannie and Budgerum West). According to the 'Mann/Wiseman Family Tree' on Ancestry.com, the couple had one child: George Mann jnr, who was born in 1903, the same year his father George snr died in a tragic accident on the River Murray. The details of the accident were described in a report published in the Adelaide Advertiser a few days later:

George Mann, blacksmith of Lake Boga, with his father-in-law (Mr Free) and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, left that place in a spring cart to obtain fruit from a garden on the NSW side of the Murray. They got over the big Murray, and recrossed in safety. On arriving at the little Murray crossing they drove right over the edge of a hole 25 ft deep, Mr Fred Free managed to scramble with his sister back to the shallow ledge, whilst Mr Mann jumped into the deep water, and endeavoured to get the horse out, but became exhausted and sank. Mr Free made a gallant attempt to rescue him, but was unable to do so, and sank twice before he was pulled ashore with a rope. Dragging was then carried out. A bicycle was recovered, and the horse and cart were pulled up to the edge of the hole, where the united efforts of a dozen men were insufficient to bring them to dry land. A second effort will be made to get the horse and cart ashore. Efforts for the recovery of the deceased have been continuous but unavailing so far.

Two years after George's death, Marion married George Kiel, a farmer from Piccaninny Creek at Gunbower near Echuca. According to the Australian electoral rolls George and Marion lived on his farm at Piccaninny Creek until sometime prior to the 1919 election when she was registered as living at 83 Bell Street in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy (George was registered as living at Piccaninny Creek at the time of the 1919 and 1924 elections before retiring to Echuca sometime prior to the 1937 election). Les Free has informed us that Marion and George were divorced in 1926. Two years later she married at South Melbourne James McCulloch, a native of Newcastle upon Tyne in England. The Australian electoral rolls indicate that Marion and James lived in the Perth suburb of Lake Victoria from some time prior to 1949 until 1963, the year of Marion's death. Living at the same address in 1968 was an Annie Philamena McCulloch who may have been James' daughter by an earlier marriage.

2. Eliza Ada Free (1885-1958)

Born and schooled at Corack East, Ada also attended Lalbert and Talgitcha State School after her family moved to Lalbert in the mid-1890s. She married John Edward Hickmott (1880-1971), the brother of William Henry Hickmott, at Lalbert in 1903 (Eliza and John are pictured in the photo below on the left). John, or 'Jack' as he was known, was born at East Charlton in Victoria in 1880, the eldest son of Henry Edward and Elizabeth Ann Hickmott nee Owen. In the early-1890s he moved with his family to Lalbert and attended the local state school with his siblings and cousins. john and ada hickmott The Australian electoral rolls indicate that, immediately after their marriage, Eliza and Jack lived with his parents an their farm at Lalbert. According to a report in the Bendigo Advertiser, on 5 December 1903 Jack was granted by the Special Mallee Land Board appointed to 'deal with the Springfield Mallee division' a lease to a 750-acre block of land in the parish of Berriwillock (the electoral rolls seem to indicate that Jack and Ada continued to live at Lalbert until at least 1919).

On 9 May 1917 the Quambatook Times informed its readers that 'John Watson & Co will conduct an extensive clearing sale on the farm, known as J. Hickmott's, six miles from Meatian ... [as the] property has been sold and the horses, which are a fine lot of workers, sheep, implements, etc, are for absolute sale'. The same newspaper further reported in August the same year, that Jack and another farmer had been admonished by the Ultima magistrate's court for failing to send their children to school:

... 'Parents must realise that the free education system we are enjoying at the present is one of the finest systems in the world and if parents will not comply with the Act they will be the losers'. Such were the words of advice tendered by the presiding magistrates (Messrs Cuttle and Guy) at the local court on Tuesday last, when John Dunstan and J. Hickmott were charged with failing to send their children to school the required number of days. Constable Buckley prosecuted. Dunstan was fined 2/- and Hickmott, second offence, 5/- or six hours'.

By the time of the 1924 election Jack and Eliza had moved away from Ultima's preaching magistrates and onto a block of land at Speewa located near the Murray River some 19 km northwest of Swan Hill. In addition to corresponding to the Wakool Shire Council about the 'bad state of the Speewa road' (cited in Deniliquin's The Independent on 27 March 1925), Jack was working as an orchardist and grey hound breeder. As accounts in newspapers as far away as Sydney and Cessnock indicated, he seemed to be quite successful in the latter pursuit:

eliza and john hickmottCessnock Hare Coursing. The Jeffs are still going strong with their string of greyhounds. The Derby pups in Jeffs' kennels are being prepared for Mr Hickmott, the Swan Hill (Vic) breeder, who is the biggest greyhound breeder in Australia. Mr Hickmott has six stud dogs in his Swan Hill kennels. They are Dicken's Works, Drue's Hope, Scrooge, Mocassin, Obsessed and Flying Hawk, a full brother to the champion, Terminus. Mr Hickmott has over 100 greyhounds on his place at the present time. Three more of Mr Hickmott's breed landed in Cessnock last week. They can be inspected at Tom Jeff's kennels any time ... [and] are for sale (The Cessnock and South Maitland Recorder (1 April 1927).

GREYHOUND GOSSIP from Near and Far: Mr J. E. Hickmott, of Speewa via Swan Hill (Vic) forwards photos of Drew's Hope, Flying Hawk, Scrooge, Dicken's Works and Converse ... SUCCESSFUL SIRE, Dicken's Works, by The Dickens imp.) - White Verse, who has sired many winners behind the dummy hare. Perhaps Pickwick is the most prominent of his progeny. Dickens Works is owned by Mr J. E. Hickmott, of Speewa. (Referee, Sydney 8 Feb 1928).

During this period Jack continued also to advertise greyhounds for sale or sire, including dogs sired by 'Dicken's Works, champion sire for two seasons, 86 finalists from 20 bitches last year', in the Referee and other sporting broadsheets. It seems the good times did not last, however. The list of bankruptcies published in the Melbourne Argus on 6 June 1930 included: 'John Edward Hickmott of Speewa NSW formerly of Waitchie near Sea Lake, farmer (compulsory sequestration). Liabilities 1386/10/-; assets 1/16/-; Liabilities 1384/14/-'. Far from daunted by this experience Jack and Eliza continued to farm, and were at Murrabit in the Kerang district of Victoria by the time of the 1942 election. An advertisement in the Riverina Recorder (Balranald and Moulamein, 27 June 1942) indicates they were also continuing to deal in greyhounds.

In 1949 John, described as a farmer, and Eliza were living on Nyah Road in Swan Hill. The 1954 roll has them living and farming at Tresco in the Swan Hill electorate along with their son Allan William and his wife Mary Dickson Hickmott. Some time before 1958, Jack retired from farming and he and Eliza moved to Bendigo to live. Later that same year Eliza died. The electoral rolls have Jack living on Honeysuckle Street and King Street in Bendigo in 1958 and 1963 respectively. He died in Bendigo eight years later, aged 90 years.

john hickmott family

From Darrell Brady's website, this photo is of John Edward and Eliza Ada Hickmott nee Free and seven of their nine children.
Back row (L/R): Alan William, Raymond Norman, Hazel Melva, Kenneth John and Elvie Margaret Hickmott.
Front row: Olive Annie, Alice Elizabeth, Eliza Ada and John Edward Hickmott.

Jack and Eliza Hickmott nee Free had nine children we are aware of, all born in Victoria between 1904 and 1920. We know nothing of their eldest son, George Henry Hickmott, beyond the fact that he was born at Ultima in 1904. We have been able to discover a little more about the lives, times and families of their other children as follows:

Irene May Hickmott, pictured below with her sister Melva and grandfather Henry Edward Hickmott, was born at Sea Lake in Victoria in 1906. We believe she married Herbert William Palmer in Victoria in 1927, and died at Swan Hill the following year.

Born at Swan Hill in 1908, Hazel Melva Hickmott married Henry Thomas Lacey, the son of George Robert Lacey and Emily Evelyn May Davis, at Sea Lake in Victoria in 1929. The Australian electoral rolls show Henry, a labourer, and Melva Lacey registered as living c/- E. Nesbit at Roseville near Moulamein in NSW between at least 1936 and 1949. After this they farmed at nearby Tooleybuc where Henry died in 1991. Melva died, aged 93 years, at Nyah West in Victoria in 2001. The following eulogy for her was sent to us by Margaret Witte:

Melva was born at Swan Hill in 1907. Her parents, Eliza and Jack Hickmott, had nine children including Melva who was the third eldest. Nan often spoke of fondest childhood memories shared with her brothers and sisters - Ken, Alice and Paddy were always talked about with love and laughter, as were May, Harry, Ray, Ollie and Elvie who are deceased. Melva married Harry Lacey in 1927 at Sea Lake. Their first daughter Lylie was born while they worked for Nesbits at Roseville on Stoney Crossing Road. In 1938, shortly before their second daughter Maureen was born, the family shifted to Tooleybuc. When Minney Bend station was broken into smaller irrigation farms, they started a dairy farm. In the early years at Tooleybuc Melva was busy milking cows while Harry worked across the road as well as on the farm. Melva drove the tractor while Harry walked behind the grader board. Melva said that she received a clod of dirt now and again to tell her to stop. I can remember my mother telling me of the times Nan spent sewing late at night, making shirts, pyjamas and knitting beanies for the Red Cross to send to our soldiers overseas during WW2. After the war, Harry share-farmed wheat and barley at Piangal, Murray Downs and Goodnight areas, later buying extra land at Tooleybuc. Melva enjoyed her involvement in the Red Cross and CWA though once the grandchildren came along they took up most of her time. As you all know, she loved to spoil the little ones and their mates. Melva's other loves were gardening, shopping and her afternoon teas were legendary, not a space left on the plate. In 1991 Melva lost Harry suddenly. This was devastating to her and us. The last eight years Melva spent at Nyah West, where the nursing and domestic staff, Dr Moyihan and family all made her part of their family. All of whom we thank for their loving care. Now Nan can rest peacefully, united with Pop and Pud.

henry & granddaughters melva lacey

Henry Edward Hickmott with his granddaughters Hazel Melva and Irene May Hickmott
(taken in Western Australia in the 1920s). Melva Lacey nee Hickmott.

Allan William Hickmott was born at Charlton in Victoria in 1909 and married Mary Dickson Betts in 1938. According to the 'Betts' family tree on ancestry.com, Mary was the youngest daughter of Richard James Betts (1859-1934) and Fanny Margaret Fergus (1876-1937) who were married in 1906 and had five children in addition to Mary. It adds that Mary and Allan had one child still living whereas the 'How' family tree, whose owner is a direct descendant, tells us they had three children. The Australian electoral rolls show Allan William, carrier, and Mary Dickson Hickmott were living on Gray Street in Swan Hill in 1942 and at Speewa in the Swan Hill electorate in 1949 (Allan was then described as a farmer). They were farming at Tresco in 1954 (the same place as Allan's parents). By the time of the 1963 election, Mary and Allan, who was still described as a farmer, were living in Wagaratta where they remained for the rest of their lives (Allan died there in 2003 and mary in 2008). The electoral rolls further indicate that Allan and Mary's extended family may have included a William James and Pamela Joyce Hickmott and a John Edward and Carole Ann Hickmott. Although still to be confirmed, we think that the thoroughbred horse trainers, John Hickmott and his son Robert - who also played AFL football for Melbourne - are part of this family.

Born at lalbert in 1910, Raymond Norman ('Ray') Hickmott married Edna Jane Holmes, the daughter of John and Amy Holmes, in 1935. The Australian electoral rolls and other sources indicate that Norman worked as a carrier and labourer and that he and Edna lived first in Swan Hill and then Bendigo where Ray died and was buried in 1968. We have yet to determine what happened to Edna or if she and Raymond had any children.

We think that Alice Elizabeth Hickmott, who was born at Lalbert in Victoria in 1915, married Richard James Betts in Victoria in 1933. The Australian electoral rolls show that they lived at Swan Hill until some time after the 1954 election when Alice moved to Melbourne where she was working as a cook at Abbotsford in 1968 and Richmond in 1972.

Olive Annie Hickmott, born at Lalbert in 1917, married a carpenter, Noel Herbert John Dellow, in 1939. The Australian electoral rolls show they lived at Murrabit and Ballarat before moving to Bendigo sometime before 1954. Noel died at Bendigo in 1984 and Annie in 1997. We don't know if they had any children.

colin arthur fisherElvie Margaret Hickmott was born at Lalbert in 1920. In 1941 she married Colin Arthur Fisher (pictured on the left) in Melbourne. The son of Angus Fisher and Emily May Bryant, Colin was born at Swan Hill in Victoria in 1918. The WWII records in the Australian Archives shows that he enlisted in the Second AIF at Swan Hill on 18 August 1941. At the time he was working as a postal assistant and his NOK was his father, Angus Fisher of Beverford PO via Swan Hill (this was later changed to his wife, Elvie Margaret Fisher of Murrabit). He served initially with a base postal unit before, on 1 January 1942, being posted to Singapore with the 8 Div Postal Unit. He seems to have been injured soon after arrival and sailed from Sinapore on the 'ZEANDAN' which arrived at Fremantle on 7 March. On arrival in Australia he served in postal units in Melbourne, Warwick, Brisbane, north Queensland and, finally, in Melbourne again from where he was discharged as a corporal on 16 January 1945. His intended residence after discharge was to be the Beverford Post Office.

The Australian electoral rolls show that after war Elvie and Colin lived at Beverford where Colin worked in the post office and his father had an orchard. The 1972 roll also included at Beverford a Colin Arthur, farmer, Andrew Clive, labourer, and Neville Gregory Fisher, student. Colin died at Swan Hill in 1990 and Elvie in 1997. According to Greg Fisher's Rootsweb site at (13 June 2006), they had four children all still living.

Kenneth John Hickmott was born at Woorinen in Victoria in 1920. The Australian War Memorial's WWII database shows VX51007 Kenneth John Hickmott of Tooleybuc in Victoria enlisted in the Second AIF at Royal Park in Melbourne on 11 March 1941. He served as a private in the 2/28 Battalion and was discharged from the army on 6 February 1946. His next of kin was his father John Hickmott. The 1949 electoral roll shows Kenneth John Hickmott, labourer, living at Swan Hill. He and a June Hickmott were living on Donnington Street in Swan Hill in 1954. The 1963 roll has a Kenneth John Hickmott, contractor, living at Marandallas, Tooleybuc in NSW.

3. Emily Alice Free (1887-1977)

Born at Corack East in 1887, Emily Alice went to Western Australia with her parents and was living with them at Pingelly at the time of the 1910 Federal election. She married George Armstrong Leslie, the son of William and Sarah Leslie, at Pingelly in 1910. At the time of the 1916 and 1925 elections the couple were farming at Pingelly and Boyup Brook respectively. By 1931 George was working as an agent and they were living at 'Wandarrah' on Stirling St in Bunbury (the electoral roll included a James Ernest Leslie, dumper, who was living on Victoria St in Bunbury). The electoral rolls showed that they moved around after this, living at 605 Murray St in West Perth in 1937, 136 Loftus St in Leederville in 1943, 117 Douglas Ave in South Perth in 1949 and 1 Wellman St in Guildford in 1954. The WA online bdm idex shows that George died in the Fremantle registration district in 1963. Emily died at Subiaco on 24 October 1977. According to the records held by the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board, her ashes were 'scattered to the winds at Karrakatta Cemetery'.

According to the 'Leslie (T. C.) Family Tree' on Ancestry.com, Emily and George had at least on child: Evelyn May Leslie (18 April 1911 - 29 April 1956). The WA index of bdms shows that an Evelyn M. Leslie married Eric R. C. Walker in the Perth RD in 1936 (reg no 1286) and died, aged 45 years, in the Perth RD in 1956 (reg no 1063). The Australian electoral rolls show that her husband was Eric Reginald Chard Walker, labourer, and they were living in East Perth in 1936, Meridan in 1943 and Cannington in 1954. The WA Metropolitan Cemeteries Board indicates that Evelyn died on 24 April 1956 in the suburb of East Cannington. One of the tributes to William Free's death published in the West Australian on 3 July 1951 included: 'father of Emily, father-in-law of George Leslie, grandfather of May and Eric Walker and g-grandfather of Len, Gwen and Kevin'.

4. Sarah Sylvia Free (1889-1982)

Born at Corack East in 1889, Sarah also went to Western Australia. The 'Reverse' WA Marriage index shows that she married Francis Ernest Joseph Chaplin in the Beverley registration district in 1910. The 1916 electoral roll shows Sarah and Francis living at 'Avondale' (the home of Sarah's parents) at East Pingelly where Francis was said to be working as a contractor. Francis does not appear on any subsequent electoral rolls. We have not yet been able to determine whether he died or bolted. We think that Sarah continued to live with her parents and, following her mother's death in 1932, with her father until his death in Leederville in 1951. She was at 106 Kooyong Rd in Belmont (the same suburb as her son - see below) at the time of the 1954 election before moving back to Railway Parade in Leederville. The WA bdm online index shows that a Sarah Sylvia Chaplin died at Subiaco in 1982, aged 92 years. Her date of birth suggests this was our Sarah although that has still to be confirmed.

What of her son Clarence? The Anthony Family Tree on Ancestry.com tells us that he married Agnes Grace Meddings in Perth in 1933. Agnes was born at Geraldton in 1914, the daughter of Robert George Meddings (1886-1967) and Grace Mary Ann Osmond (1894-1960). Robert was born in Wharparilla North in Victoria, Grace at Balmain in Sydney. They were married at Mt Magnet in WA in 1911 and had nine children in addition to Agnes: Kitchener Robert, George Frederick, Hazel Lorraine, Mary and five still living. Clarence and Agnes Chaplin had five children, all still living. The electoral rolls show that Clarence worked as a farm hand, labourer and finally a grocer. He was registered as living at Yearlering (with his mother) in 1936/7. In 1943 he and his wife, Agnes Grace Chaplin were at 88 Federal Street in Narrogin where Clarence was working as a labourer. In 1949 and 1954, Clarence was working as a grocer, and he and Agnes were living on Belmont Ave in Belmont (the same suburb as Clarence's mother).

5. Annie Wilson Free (1892-1983)

thomas sheriff priceAnnie Wilson Free was born at Corack East in 1892. The 'Reverse' WA Marriage website shows that she married William Sheriff Price in the Beverley registration district in 1918. According to the Eaton Family Tree on Ancestry.com, William's parents were Thomas Sheriff Price (1839-1932) and Mary Ann Carter Potts (1861-1942). Thomas (pictured on the right) was born at Burrington in Hertfordshire in England, Mary at Rhynie in South Australia. They were married at Pen Wortham in South Australia on 23 June 1879 and had twelve children in addition to William: Edith Sarah, Cecile May, Rosalma Laura, Charlotte, Thomas Charles Edward, Jane, Elizabeth, Florence Jessie, George, Rupert Sydney, Ivy May and John Gad Price.

The Australian Defence Force Academy's AIF database shows that William enlisted in the First AIF on 17 March 1916. He was then working as a farmer at Pingelly. He was allocated to the 18th reinforcements for the 16th Infantry Battalion and sailed from Fremantle on the HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 18 July 1916. His military records contained in the Australian Archives show that after joining the battalion in France he suffered first from mumps and then was hospitalised twice with acute laryngitis. These illneses led him to be repatriated to Australia on 21 December 1917 and medically discharged.

The 1925 electoral roll shows Annie Wilson and William Sheriff Price, a farmer, were living at East Pingelly. They were still there in 1931. In 1936 they were farming at Forrestdale and in 1937 at Bruce Rock. They then farmed at Kirup in the electorate of Collie (where we think some of William's siblings lived) before going to Bunbury where they lived at 4 Buchanan Street for the rest of their lives. William died in Bunbury in 1970 and Annie in 1983. Both are buried there. We believe they had two children: William Thomas Price, born in the Beverley RD in 1920, and Rupert Allan Price (Beverley RD in 1924) who married Yvonne Emmerson Miller, the daughter of David Emmerson Miller and Eva Irvine, in the Wellington RD of Western Australia in 1952.

Image sources
'Pingelly, c1920' from State Library of Western Australia.
'Greetings from Pingelly'. Private Collection.
'Ada Eliza Free and John Edward Hickmott' and 'Henry Edward Hickmott and his granddaughters', from Win Noblet, The Hickmott Story 1825-1981 (Bendigo: Cambridge Press, 1981).
'Jack and Eliza Hickmott, 1954' and 'hazel Melva Lacey nee Hickmott', courtesy of the 'Lacey Family Tree' on Ancestry.com (originally provided by Di Herbert)
'Colin Arthur Fisher on enlistment in 1941', from his WWII records in the Australian Archives.
'Thomas Sheriff Price' from the Eaton Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

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