William Landale, a native of Scotland, came to Australia at the age of 24 aboard the Queen of the Seas, arriving in September 1854. In 1857 at Cairns Memorial Church in East Melbourne, he married Maria Rosevair née Rouse, a native of St Austell, Cornwall, who was the same age as him and came to Australia on the Joshua, arriving in the same year and month. She had lived for many years in Jersey and probably married while there as her name was Fontaine when she married William.
William and Maria had the following children:
Jean — born 1858 at Geelong, married Stewart McIntyre in 1882
Maria — born 1860, died at 5 months, buried on 15 Jun 1860 in the Methodist section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Henry — born 1862 at Duneed
Elizabeth Rosevair — born 1864, married John Blyth in 1886 at Fitzroy, died 22 February, 1925 at Sandringham, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery.
William — born 21 May 1867, died 1944 at Yarraville
Isabella Elizabeth Craig — born 1869 at Geelong, died April 1870, buried in an unknown location at Mount Duneed Cemetery
Barbara Florence — born 1872 at Geelong, married Archibald McIntyre in 1886
On 13 August 1862 the following men were elected to a committee under the Common Schools Act: W Landale, C Rowand, T Palmer, G Williams, A Armstrong, J Rennick, L Swain, J Ellis and J Smart.
In 1864 William was named as a trustee of the land reserved as a site for a cemetery at Mount Duneed.
In 1866 he was appointed deputy registrar of births and deaths for the district of Mount Duneed.
He was elected a councillor of the Shire of Barrabool, serving from 1867 until 1869.
He ran the first post office at Mount Duneed, together with a store and butchery. In 1871 the post office land and business was sold to Charles Lamond.
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