William Radford sailed to Australia with his family on the Sir George Seymour arriving in May 1949. Shipping records show that he was 40 and his wife Mary Matilda was 39. Their children were:
Ellen, aged 13
Matilda, aged 12
Robert, aged 10
William, aged 9 (married Emily Violett)
Mary Ann, aged 7 (married John Burvill)
George, aged 1
They settled in Mount Duneed in Russells Road to the west of the recreation reserve. After William's death the land was kept in the family until Mary died in 1888. William Radford paid rates on 102½ acres with a stone house. It is unclear where the extra land was. The 76 acres was later owned by John Southwood Melhuish.
William died on 20 February, 1866. He was buried in the Wesleyan section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery. Mary died in April 1888 and is buried with him.
The VFL consisted of six teams (Geelong, Richmond, South Melbourne, Carlton, Collingwood and Fitzroy) each playing the other three times. Teams had 18 players and no reserves. Collingwood were premiers and the leading goalkicker was Dick Lee of Collingwood. Richmond took the "wooden spoon". Players were amateurs with players paying their own expenses. Geelong donated profits to war funds.
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