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William Ellis (1849–1916)

Mr. William Ellis, one of the oldest residents of Meadows, died suddenly on Wednesday last. For some time he had not been well, but on the morning of his death he went out to attend to his horses, when he suddenly expired. He was the eldest son of the late Mr. George Ellis, who was well known in the Port Adelaide district during the early years of the State. He was born at Meadows on August 23, 1849, and lived there until his death. In the early days he was engaged as a bootmaker, and then purchased the general store of the late Mr. Murries, from which he retired a few years ago, when his sons took charge of the business. For many years he was a member of the Oddfellows' Lodge and the District Council. Mr. Ellis was the promoter and one of the earliest directors of the local butter factory and a trustee of the recreation ground. He was a loyal and devoted member of the Methodist Church and filled nearly all the offices open to a layman. When he retired from the position of superintendent, less than a year ago, the, teachers and scholars presented him with an illuminated address. The deceased gentleman married the eldest daughter of the late Mr. George Vickery and has left a widow and five sons—Messrs. F. Ellis (Glenelg), W. Ellis (Ballarat), A. and S. Ellis (Meadows), and E. Ellis (Bull's Creek). There are 13 grandchildren, and five brothers and sisters of the deceased are still living. His was the first death in a family of 11.

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'Ellis, William (1849–1916)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 June 2024.

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23 August, 1849
Meadows, South Australia, Australia


16 August, 1916 (aged 66)
Meadows, South Australia, Australia

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