Illman, William

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William Illman was the fourth son of John Illman (1802-1860) and Sophia Caroline (nee Dadswell) (1814-1885). He was born at Bull’s Creek, South Australia on 17 April 1842. By 1843 the Illman family were resident at Willunga. In 1856, at the age of 14, he was apprenticed to William Joseph Bott, a boot and shoemaker at 17 Aldinga Road. Willunga. He married William Joseph Bott’s daughter, Lucy (1842-1933) at her father’s residence in Willunga on 8 September 1864. They had 9 children:

  • Rebecca (1865-1961) b. at Willunga, m. Christopher John Newcomb on 22 August 1900 at her father’s residence in Parkside.
  • Ann Elizabeth (1866-1967) b. at Willunga, m. Samuel Wilson (1856- ) on 13 January 1897 at her father’s residence in Parkside. She died at Leabrook age 101.
  • Emily (1868-1938) b. at Willunga, unmarried.
  • Lucy (1868-1944) b. at Willunga, m. John Bald on 11 April 1898 at Parkside.
  • Mary Ellen (1870-1950) b. at Willunga, unmarried.
  • William George (1872-1894) b. at Willunga, unmarried.
  • Francis (1874-1912) b. at Willunga, m. Phoebe Sarah Clancy on 28 March 1898 in Perth, WA.
  • Albert (1876-1883) b. & d. at Willunga, buried in the Willunga Wesleyan Methodist Cemetery.
  • Walter (1879-1948) b. at Willunga, m. Lillian Mabel Admore on 30 June 1900 in Adelaide.

In 1869 William Illman purchased the property at 17 Aldinga Road from his father-in-law, William Joseph Bott, and ran a boot and shoe-making business there for more than twenty years. William Illman collected the money to purchase the bell which now resides in the Bell Tree opposite the Uniting Church. The bell possibly dates from the second Wesleyan Church/Wesleyan Methodist Church (1857), which was opposite the Bell Tree. Sometime between 1895 and 1897, William and Lucy moved from Willunga to 11 Clyde Street, Parkside.

William Illman, aged 82 years, died of pneumonia at Parkside on 20 March 1924 and Lucy Illman (nee Bott), aged 91 years, died at Parkside on 11 March 1931.


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