Port Phillip District 1849 Electoral Roll

WILLS Surname and Variants

Transcribed by Dale McDonell, Heathcote, Victoria.

Transcriber's note: This covered the area of what later became known as the State of Victoria, Australia. The area was opened up for official settlement in 1835. This roll preceeded the goldrushes of the 1850's which brought an influx of countless thousands from around the world, bent on making their fortune. People in the Port Phillip District at this time would have been adventurous free settlers, ex-military who chose to stay in the colonies, current or retired government officials, those freeborn in the colonies or ex-convicts who had served their sentences and been granted a pardon or ticket of leave. An attempt was made in 1803 and 1806 to establish a settlement in the area, but this failed. Attempts were abandoned until 1835 when successful official settlement was achieved.

Voters of 1849 had to own freehold property or have substantial commercial interests to qualify for voting rights. Freeholders could appear more than once on a voter's roll depending on the number of freehold titles they owned. Geelong at this time was the major port handling imports and the export of wool, grain, hides and tallow from the rich farming districts of the western area of this colony.

Name Qualification for Enrolment
WILLIS, Edward Yarra St., and Barwon Terrace, Geelong
WILLS, James Ryrie St., Geelong
WILLS, Horatio Spencer Little Malop St., Geelong
WILLS, Thomas Corio and Yarra Streets, and suburbs, Geelong
WILLS, Thomas Yarra Yarra [later Melbourne area. D.M.]