William Walker was born in 1846 in Grantham, England. In 1849 he migrated with his parents, maternal grandparents and sister. On 2 September 1874 he married Jane (née Clydesdale) Kishere. William and Jane had six children:
Minnie May — born 1875
Elizabeth Jane — born 1878
Eleanor — born 1880
Lily Lillian — born 1882
Walter William — born 1884
Lydia — born 1886
Walker owned "Bay View" stables in Corio Terrace next to the Geelong Coffee Palace. He had stabling for 80 horses. Wedding carriages, four in hand wagons, single and double buggies and dog carts could be hired with a competent steady driver. He also had a bus line to North Geelong.
In 1895, he built substantial bluestone stables at 327 Shannon Avenue Newtown providing accommodation for eleven horses. He was reputed to have used stone from Foster Fyans old house "Balyang" near Princes Bridge. This building is currently for sale:
He acquired a bus from Cardiff which he called the Sunbeam. On the first day that the Sunbeam was in service it was drawn by four grey horses. St Augustine's Orphanage Band was taken to town and back, playing music as it went. He continued to run his bus service until November 1901.
William and Jane lived at Calder Park, Mount Duneed from 1902 to 1908. Jane died on 1 Jun 1919 aged 75 years and was buried at the Geelong Eastern Cemetery. William who died in September 1922 aged 76 was buried with her.
The Waurn Ponds Memorial Reserve Committee of Management invites everyone to the 99th anniversary of the planting of the Waurn Ponds Memorial Reserve. The annual memorial service will be held on Sunday 1st July 2018 10:30am at Waurn Ponds Memorial Reserve corner of Waurn Ponds Drive and Cochranes Road.
There will be a march before the service with the Army, Navy, Airforce Cadets and Veterans marching together. The Geelong Military Re-enactment Group will fire from the 25pounder gun.
After the service there will be a BBQ and Light Refreshments in the Waurn Ponds Hall. Ladies are asked to bring a "Plate".
If anyone has any history of the Waurn Ponds Servicemen and women we would love to hear from you?
Wreath Laying Welcome . Everyone Invited.
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