Walter William

Walter William b.26/7/1839 - d. 24/03/1870

Walter William Welham
was born on 26/7/1839 in Essex, England and died on 24/03/1870 at Heyfield, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.
He married Ellen Lariscy/Larescy/Larethy at St Patricks Cathedral, East Melbourne, Victoria on the 16th May, 1862. The bride's maiden name was listed as as Lariscy.

They had 3 children:

Elisabeth Welham b. 1865, Wood, Victoria.
died aged 1 in 1866, Victoria.
James Welham b 1867 Seaton, Victoria.
Ellen Stacey Welham b. 1869 Bald Hill, Victoria.


Walter William's drowning

The Argus Melbourne newspaper  - 2 April, 1870

On Thursday March 24, a well- known resident of this locality named George Taylor, attempted to cross the floods in Mr Tyson’s clover paddock, and was drowned.  On the same day a man named Walter Welham, who with others was proceeding to make inquiries for Taylor, was also swept away, and drowned.  Since then continued exertions have been made by the public to recover the bodies, superintended by Mounted-constable O’Connor and on the morning of the 28th inst. They were both recovered and conveyed to the Thomson Hotel, where an inquest was held by Mr H. Luke, district coroner.  The jury returned a verdict that both men had been accidentally drowned March 24, 1870, in crossing the clover paddock at Heyfield, during the flood.  They wished to add a rider to the effect “That if a proper bridge had been erected over the creek, at the clover paddock, the lives of the deceased and Mr George Taylor would not have been lost.”  These melancholy deaths by drowning have cast a gloom over the surrounding locality.  Another melancholy circumstance connected with Welham’s death is the fact that his wife is demented, with five children totally unprovided for.

Note:  as reported in the Gippsland Times 25 June 1870, the Avon Shire Council reported that Mr Butler, the shire solicitor, notified that an order for lunacy expenses,  22 Pounds 15 Shillings and Sixpence, in the case of Ellen Welham, had been made by the Sale bench.

I would be very grateful to receive any information about what happened to Walter's family after he was drowned, and of any descendents of his children.

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07.07 | 11:20

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