Ballarat and District Pioneers & Old Residents
Directory 1837-1855


Both compiled by Ballarat Heritage Services P.O. Box 2209 Mail Centre, Ballarat Vic. Australia. 3354.

Email: dotw@netconnect.com.au (Note: this may not be a current email address).

Transcribed by Dale McDonell, Heathcote, Vic.
[ Transcriber's note: This publication calls for additions and corrections to be notified to the above compilers. In view of this, the following information can only act as a guide. It is especially important that you consult the original sources for this information. Unfortunately, the original sources are only occassionally noted, and none for these particular entries. Seek advice from the compilers as to where the original documentation may be found. Punctuation and spelling is as found. I itched to correct both it and some of the "facts"].
Jane WILLS - 1856 - Ballarat
Buried at Ballarat on 24 February 1856 aged 46. Native place, St. Ilara, Cornwall
Dr. William WILLS - 1854 - Bakery Hill [Note: part of Ballarat. D.M.]
Wills was born in 1827, and arrived in Melbourne 15 August 1853. Wills pratised [sic] at Bakery Hill, and attended Henry Powell in December 1854, after the Eureka Stockade. He gave evidence at the trial of the Akehurst who was accused of murdering Powell. Dr. Wills went back to England in 1862. Died 1899, aged 90, in England. William was the father of explorer William John Wills.
William John WILLS - 1854 - Ballarat/Cooper's Creek
Wills studied medicine in London, but did not complete his studies. He emigrated to Victoria when 19 years on the Janet Mitchell where he acted as surgeon. Wills arrived in Victoria 13 January 1853. He may have worked in his father's Ballarat medical practice for some time, before his ill-fated exploration with Robert O'Hara Burke. Wills died at Cooper's Creek in 1861.
Thomas T. WILLS - 1851 - Ballarat
Born England. Arrived Melbourne 1840. First dug for gold at Golden Point. Residing 1880's at Soldier's Hill, Ballarat. [Note: both these places are now part of Ballarat. D.M.]

Also checked:

Mt Alexander (Castlemaine) District Directory of Old Settlers and Residents

[No WILLS or WILLIS entries found.
This covers the area of the Castlemaine, Daylesford, etc., diggings. Including 1856 electoral roll]