William, son of James and Catherine (née Robertson) Anderson, was born at Ceres on 20 April 1852. He married Christina McKenzie in 1881. They had the following children:
Laurence Broderick Bruce — born in 1882 at Barrabool, died in 1957 aged 61 years at Barrabool
Alexander — born in 1882 at Lismore, died in 1954 aged 72 years at North Geelong
Donald James — born in 1884 at Ceres, died in 1944 aged 59 years at Portland
Gordon McKenzie — born in 1887 at Ceres, married Hetty Maud Mountjoy, died in 1958 aged 79 years in Ashburton
Annie — born in 1891
William Douglas — born in 1893
Charles Leslie — born in 1897 at Mount Moriac, died on 22 April 1917 on the Western Front
Donald McKenzie — born in 1898 at Barrabool, died in 1971 aged 72 years at Barrabool
William was a Barrabool Shire councillor, serving from 1987 until 1928.
His son, William Douglas, was a Barrabool Shire councillor from 1928 until1973, serving five terms as president.
William died on 8 June 1928 at Barrabool Hills and was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Highton Cemetery. Christina died in May 1938 and was buried with him.