Hill, William Parr Dr

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William Parr Hill was born c1819 in Leicestershire, England the son of John Hill and Mary Williams. His father was a medical practitioner of Leicester who died c1825 and his mother died in 1834. In June 1837, William was admitted to Cambridge University as a Tancred scholar (a scholarship). In August 1846 he was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons, London. He was appointed surgeon superintendent on the Aboukir that left London 1 June 1847 and arrived at Port Adelaide 4 September 1847. In November 1847 he advertised he was commencing a medical practice in Willunga. On 6 January 1848 he registered with the South Australian Medical Board. Later, on 2 September 1848 he was invited by the Governor to attend a Levee in honour of the Prince Consort’s birthday. However, on 16 February 1850 he is noted as a member of the United Grand Lodge of England Freemasons at Kooringa indicating his stay in Willunga was short.

William Parr Hill married Rosanna Taylor, aged 19, daughter of Robert and Jane Taylor, at St Stephen’s Church, Willunga on 27 August 1850. Their known children were:

  • Annie Louisa born c1854 (birth not registered), died 26 September 1929 at Willunga.
  • Robert Henry born c1857 (birth not registered), died 30 March 1903 at Willunga.
  • William John born 7 June 1858 at Willunga, died 23 February 1907 at North Adelaide.
  • Frank Edward born 31 May 1860 at Goolwa, died 14 April 1886 at Caltowie

In February, he supported William Paxton for the Legislative Assembly election at Kooringa, but in March 1852 he sailed from Adelaide to Melbourne. By 17 November 1853 he was now at Port Elliot as the press reported he had a mare stolen from his property. In 1854 he appears to have also owned property at Kooringa. On 1 August 1856 he advertised he had appointed an attorney ‘during his absence from the colony’ to collect any payments due to him. By November 1856 he was living at the hamlet of White Hills, Bendigo, Victoria as he advertised that he registered births there. He was still living at Bendigo in October 1857. However, on 25 May 1858 he sold by auction his house at White Hills and briefly returned to Willunga where a son was born the following month. This suggests he frequently moved around in both South Australia and Victoria. William commenced practising medicine at Goolwa in August 1858, and was appointed surgeon to the Goolwa Rifles on 13 November 1861. He had his gold watch stolen on 4 March 1862 while at the City Baths. Later, on 30 September 1864 he was also appointed the medical officer for Port Elliot.

On September 30, 1865, he died unexpectedly at home in Port Elliot after being seen to fall in front of his house. William was laid to rest in the Port Elliot Church of England cemetery. His estate was valued at £1600. He was described as of ‘gentlemanly demeanor’, and that he had had ‘pupilage under Liston, whose celebrity as a London surgeon is known to all’. Rosanna and the children returned to Willunga where they lived with family at Glenwood. She died at Willunga 6 July 1918 age 87. It appears none of the children married.



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