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William and Sophia Atkinson

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William and Sophia Thomas Atkinson,


William and Sophia Thomas Atkinson
Herbert Atkinson 1945
with wife and daughter
William Atkinson was born 6 Apr 1831 at Bank End, Windermere to Jane Rigg and William Atkinson. His great uncle was Jonathan Otley of Grasmere. He emigrated 18 Sep 1857 from Liverpool on the King of Algeria, arriving Melbourne, Victoria on 19 Dec 1857.
The family have a crest and motto - Firm ever firm.
William Atkinson and Jane Rigg had three children at Windermere, England.
1. William Atkinson 6 April 1831 - 26 July 1900 - see below
2. Jonathan Otley Atkinson 1 June 1832 - 22 July 1895, known as Otley Atkinson, Dentist, died childless
3. Bridget Atkinson 1840 - 23 Jan 1903 aged 63, died unmarried and I assume childless.
William's brother, Jonathan Otley Atkinson, and his sister Bridget Atkinson, both stayed in Kendal, England.

William Atkinson, born at Windermere, UK, arrived in Melbourne 19 Dec 1857 on 'King of Algeria' and was buried at Brighton. He wed 15 May 1860 at Brighton Victoria to Sophia Thomas

1. Mary Atkinson 29 June 1861 - 31 Aug 1908 died in Perth
2. Jane Atkinson 21 Nov 1863 - 28 Oct 1868, infant death.
3. William Atkinson 25 Dec 1865 - 30 Nov 1936 of Hay St, Perth. Probate 17 Feb 1937
4. Hannah Atkinson 26 Aug 1867 - 4 June 1935 worked as a school teacher. She wed 20 Dec 1915 to George Rowland Jones at St Andrews (Brighton?). Childless
5. Robert Atkinson 28 June 1869 - 11 Nov 1924 wed 18 Feb 1903 to Sarah McDougal 2 Sept 1879 - 13 May 1966, daughter of Agnes McLean and Dougal McDougal
7 Children 1. Thomas McLean Atkinson 28 Dec 1903 - 23 Mar 1976 wed (1)Irene Ishwood and (2)Jean Midbelton
2. Roderick Atkinson 1905 infant death
3. Ruth Atkinson 13 Dec 1906 wed Ivan Marinoff
4. Ronald Atkinson 3 Sept 1909 wed Marjorie Webb
5. Alma May Atkinson 8 Apr 1912 - 11 Oct 1969 wed John Langdon, mother of Ian and Jeffrey
6. George Atkinson 1915
7. Gwen Atkinson 3 June 1918 wed Ralph Sullivan

Herbert Atkinson
Started work 28 Aug 1888 McKenzie & Ballarat office, left 1 Nov 1888, paid 7/6
12 Nov 1888 started work Maccann Painter left 12 Jan 1889 paid 12/-
1 March 1889 - J Evans Coach Painter 6/-. 1 July 7/6, 14 Sep 10/-
4 June 1889 bought Waterbury Watch 12/-
7 June 1889 bought pair of boots 8/6
6 Oct 1889 bought suit clothes 1/15/0 and hat 6/6
5 Oct 1889 bought straw hat 2/11
8 Oct bought pair of pants 9/11
Arrived in Foster 1 July 1896

6. Herbert Atkinson 30 June 1871 - 28 Jan 1949, wed 6 Feb 1900 to Edith Lavinia Bone 19 June 1870 - 21 Jan 1951, daughter of Lavinia Victoria Jones and James Henry Bone,
7 ChildrenHerbert, Keith and William about 1907 1. Herbert Atkinson 27 Jan 1901 - 18 Oct 1966, wed 21 Oct 1935 to Edith Nora Drysdale
2. William Atkinson 19 Feb 1902 - 28 March 1984, wed Violet Victoria Elmore
3. Keith Atkinson 18 Oct 1904 - 1958, wed 12 Dec 1942 to Dorothy Hart
4. Leonard Atkinson 11 Aug 1906 - 21 Aug 2001 aged 95 wed 28 Mar 1944 to Kathleen Eunice Mills
5. Stanley Atkinson 18 Feb 1909 - 1970, wed and divorced, no children
6. Lily Edith Atkinson 23 Dec 1911 - 16 June 1999 wed 21 June 1930 to Perce Matthews
7. Colin Atkinson 20 Apr 1914 wed (1) 1 Dec 1939 to Edith May Sayers who died, and (2) Sep 1955 to Audrey Alice Faulks
Image shows the boys Herbert, Keith and William about 1911

Something different. Keith Atkinson reported in the Sun, 30 years after the journey
The Sun, Saturday Dec 9, 1972, page 21 has a full page 1939-1945 Australia's untold War Stories, and continues over the page
New Guinea 1942
Six miners, JA Thurston, K Atkinson, HJ Hinwood, TG Mason, HE Petterson, K Malicki, a medical assistant RG Pickwell and a clerk L Odgers in the Sepic district in the north were cut off by the Japanese invasion, and decided to overland to Australia.
April 17 they elected Thurston leader, Petterson was cook, Atkinson and Hinwood were in charge of erecting huts, Odgers was in charge of keeping records and purchasing foodstuffs from the natives. They hired 80 carriers and guides as each district was journeyed through.
Second page ends Sep 11 Arrived at Maderi, Mr Woods was most kind and gave us a wonderful feed.


7. Frederick Atkinson 11 Oct 1872 - 18 Jan 1954 wed on 19 Dec 1914 to Daisy Maud Mathilda Rowe 15 Dec 1879 - 2 July 1952, daughter of George Ernest Rowe and Sylvia Rebecca Solomon,
3 Children 1. Stanley Frederick Atkinson 1916 - 1917
2. Sylvia Atkinson 1919 wed Stannislaus Lesley Hore
3. Margery Atkinson 1921 - 1950
8. Isabella Atkinson 13 Aug 1874 wed Arthur - childless
I found a death for Mercer, Isabella nee Atkinson died at Moonie Ponds 1946 aged 72 - which gives a birth year of 1874 and fits our Isabella.
I found a death for Arthur Mercer 1891 - 1966 aged 75, and his parents are listed as Caroline Louise Hearle and James Stewart Mercer. This is not Isabella Atkinson's husband.
Nor is Arth Albt Edw Mercer 1871 #15420 wed 1899 #4483 to Ethel Frances Lyon Chadwick
9. Jonathan Otley Atkinson 28 Dec 1876 - 10 Oct 1961 #40835 aged 84, died in Dunedin Hospital, New Zealand wed Feb 1904 to Catherine Frances Sheehy. Childless. She died 5 Aug 1961
27 Dec 2012 - With thanks to cousins Ann and John, who discovered where Jonathan and Catherine are buried - at East Taieri Cemetery, Block 2, Plot 7. Thanks to Google Maps, I was able to look at 16 Cemetery Rd, East Taieri 9024, Otago, New Zealand, photographed Jan 2008.

Catherine's family - Michael Sheehy

came with Bridget Fitzgibbon and lived at Emerald Hill (North Melb)
7 Children 1. Eileen Sheehy 1877 - 1934 #3455 aged 56
2. Maurice Sheehy 1878 #15803 - 1879 #10466 lived 15 months
3. John Thomas Sheehy 1880 #22459 - 1881 #1177 lived 2 months
4. Martin Sheehy 1882 #2432 - 1882 #5244 lived 4 months
5. Catherine Sheehy 1883 #16352 - 5 Aug 1961 aged 78
6. Kleen Sheehy 1884 - 1929 #4437 aged 46
7. Mary Ann Sheehy 1886 #27858 - 1952 #4115 aged 66, wed Moore
7. Mary Ann Sheehy 1886 #27858 - 1952 #4115 aged 66, wed Edward Moore
1 Child 1. Patricia Agatha Moore 1915 - 1975 #21774 aged 60

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