There is a book listed in the National Library of Australia:
* Local history ephemera.
* File: NMFC 4424.
* Material collated by the North Melbourne Library for the Local
* Three typed and photocopied letters written by William Evans to his
mother and father. William Evans arrived in Victoria (Hobson's Bay,
Port Phillip) from Wales in the year 1853. His letters dating 12th
September 1853, 23rd September 1853 and 9th March 185? outline his
travels, work, accommodation and personal relationships.
On 24/08/2013 08:53, REGINALD DAVIES wrote:
Hello List,William Evans born 1830 at Parcymarriage, Newport,
Pembrokeshire, a master mariner, left the sea aged 38 and built a grand house (for
Newport),which is today's Lloyd Bank at the Square. How did he have the means to do
this? A local historian had suggested that he had made money in the Californian gold
After passing as a master mariner most of his sailings had been in the Atlantic. However
his application to become a master showed that he sailed as a mate on the Alice of Sydney
between 16 June and 18 November 1853. His application then showed a gap in his sailings of
nearly 4 years. So assuming that the Alice sailed in Australian waters he can be shown to
have been in that subcontinent.
In his will, probate 1908, he bequeathed to the London Missionary Society a piece of land
in the parish of Burrumbees, Victoria, Australia which I understand was once a gold mining
area. Could this have been a source of his wealth? Can one find out the exact location of
his land and what the Missionary Society did with it.
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