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William Aplin (1840–1901)

The Hon. William Aplin, M.L.C., died here to-night. Mr. Alpin arrived here from Stanthorpe last Friday. He took a bad turn during to-day, became worse to-night, and died at half-past nine o'clock.

The Hon. William Aplin. M.L.C., was a member of the firm of Aplin, Brown, and Co., Limited, merchants. Townsville. He was born at Combe, St. Nicholas, Somerset, England, on the 27th of April, 1840, and was educated at Boulton Academy, Dorsetshire. He arrived in Brisbane at the end of 1862, and left for what was then the most northern settlement (Bowen) in 1863. He commenced business in Townsville on its opening in June, 1865, and was successfully engaged in mercantile pursuits in that town until 1881. He then engaged in pastoral pursuits, having purchased from Mr. R. Stewart his Southwick Station in the North Kennedy district. Mr. Aplin was a member of the first Municipal Council of Townsville and was twice Mayor of that town. He was a member of two Divisional Boards (Thuringowa and Dalrymple) and Chairman of the former for the first two years of its existence. He was President of the North Queensland Pastoral Association and also of the Townsville Turf Club. He also held many other public positions and appointments. He was appointed to a seat in the Legislative Council on the 19th of October, 1880.

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Additional Resources

  • wedding, Queenslander, 13 November 1897, p 966
  • funeral, Brisbane Courier, 21 February 1901, p 6

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27 April, 1840
Combe St Nicholas, Somerset, England


18 February, 1901 (aged 60)
Warwick, Queensland, Australia

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