William Edward COLSTON

William Edward COLSTON

Male 1839 - 1885  (45 years)

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  • Name William Edward COLSTON 
    Born 5 Dec 1839  Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 6 Jun 1841  Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Scotland 
    • Tower Street, Portobello.
      James Colston, mason, 28
      Beimey Colston, 35
      Eliza Colston, 6
      William Colston, 2
      All were born in the county
    Physical Description 6'6" tall 
    Immigration 29 Jan 1853  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Arrived in Sydney on board the 'Tamar' 29 January 1853, having sailed from Plymouth, England 12 October 1852. He was aged 13 years and with him were his father James 39 yrs, his stepmother Margaret 48 yrs and his sister Eliza 18 yrs.
    Inquest 1885  Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • This was on account of his sudden death. The cause was determined to be apoplexy - a stroke.
    Occupation Barnawartha North, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Stonemason and farmer 
    • In Barnawartha, there is Colston's Quarry where William obtained stone. He built two houses for others in Barnawartha, one of which was "Innisfaile", which was burnt down in a bushfire in January 1952. The stones were removed after the fire, so nothing remains today of this house. No one seems to know which was the other house.

      From the Book "Historic Barnawartha" - page 9 - "Colston's quarry was situated on the southern side of the Mt. Lady Franklin, overlooking the Indigo Creek.  From this quarry, granite block facings were cut for the Barnawartha Railway Station siding and the Albury Railway Station siding.  Granite facings from this quarry were also supplied for the original road bridge in Barnawartha across the Indigo Creek. Remnants of this are still seen today."

      In 1878 he had the largest bullock in Australia according to the Australian Dictionary of Dates & Men of the Time by J H Heaton: BULLOCKS largest in Australia, property of Mr William Edward Colston of Barnawartha, Victoria, turned the scale at 3948 lb or 35 cwt 1 qr; height 6 ft 1 in; length 11 ft 9 in; girth 9 ft 10 in; at belly 10 ft 11 in; hocks 2 ft 1½ in; arm 3 ft; yoke 7 ft 8 in; age 8 years, 1878.

      [Archive CD Book Ref AU 0004. Australian Dictionary of Dates & Men of the Time, Part II - Dictionary of Dates, page 44 (accessed at the AIGS, Blackburn, 11 Nov 2006)]

      More on the bullock:
      THE HEAVIEST BULLOCK.

      Mr. William Edward Colston, of Barnawartha, Victoria, writes to a Melbourne contemporary as follows, under date September 26 :-" Sir,-In answer to correspondent about the heaviest bullock, living or dead, in the colony, in your issue of the 21st ult., I will give you the size of the largest I have living. It was purchased by Mr. Murdoch M'Lean for £120, in Wellington, New Zealand. It turned the scale at 3948lb, or 35cwt lqr; height, 6ft 1in; length, 11ft 9in; girth, 9ft 10in; at belly, 10ft 11in ; hocks, 2ft 1½ in; arm, 3ft ; yoke, 7ft 8in ; age, 8 years."

      [1878 'THE HEAVIEST BULLOCK.', Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907), 12 October, p. 17, viewed 13 March, 2012, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article70595691]

      William may have had his own team of bullocks to pull a dray to move blocks of stone.
    Residence Barnawartha North, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    "Glenbee" 
    FamilySearch ID KNW2-5L2 
    FamilySearch link https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=KNW2-5L2 
    Died 2 Feb 1885  Barnawartha North, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Cause: Apoplexy [Stroke], accelerated by heart disease 
    • Victorian Probate record states date of death 2.2.1885, estate committed to Mary H. Colston 26.2.1885. William Edward Colston listed as a farmer of North Barnawartha. (Series 29, record no 386)
    COLSTON, William Edward
    COLSTON, William Edward
    Death certificate
    COLSTON, William Edward
    COLSTON, William Edward
    Death certificate transcription (rich text file will open in your wordprocessor)
    Buried Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Barnawartha Cemetery
    COLSTON, William Edward and daughters Jemima & Janet
    COLSTON, William Edward and daughters Jemima & Janet
    Headstone Inscription:
    Sacred
    To
    The Memory Of
    William Edward Colston
    Died 2nd Feb 1885
    Aged 46 years
    Also
    Jemima Margaret Colston
    Died 22 June 1879
    Aged 2 years 9 months
    Also
    Janet Colston
    Died 23 March 1868 [should be 1869]
    Aged 15 Days

    'I Love Them That Love Me And Those That
    Seek Me Early Shall Find Me'
    COLSTON, William Edward and daughters Jemima & Janet
    COLSTON, William Edward and daughters Jemima & Janet
    Grave, Barnawartha Cemetery
    Person ID I25  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2017 

    Father James Forsyth COLSTON,   b. 2 Aug 1812, Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1869, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Jemima WALKER,   b. Abt 1801, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1851, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Married 6 Apr 1832  Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Hannah CHRISTIE,   b. 12 Mar 1848, Caoura, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1889, Barnawartha North, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 10 Jan 1867  Albury, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • John and Janet Christie were witnesses to the marriage. No information about the bride or groom's parents is given on the marriage certificate.
    COLSTON, William Edward & CHRISTIE, Mary Hannah
    COLSTON, William Edward & CHRISTIE, Mary Hannah
    Marriage certificate
    COLSTON, William Edward & CHRISTIE, Mary Hannah
    COLSTON, William Edward & CHRISTIE, Mary Hannah
    (Copy of) Certificate of marriage, front
    COLSTON, William Edward & CHRISTIE, Mary Hannah
    COLSTON, William Edward & CHRISTIE, Mary Hannah
    (Copy of) marriage certificate, back
    Children 
    +1. James Forsyth COLSTON,   b. 1 May 1867, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1929, Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     2. Janet Christie COLSTON,   b. 11 Mar 1869, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1869, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +3. Janet Christie COLSTON,   b. 17 Aug 1870, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1936, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +4. William Edward COLSTON,   b. 14 Jul 1872, Barnawartha North, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1904, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     5. Jemima Margaret McPhail COLSTON,   b. 7 Aug 1876, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1879, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     6. Mary Hannah COLSTON,   b. 2 Dec 1878, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1878, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +7. Alexander Simon COLSTON,   b. 7 Jan 1880, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1949, West Coburg, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +8. Arthur Alfred COLSTON,   b. 24 Nov 1883, Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1926, Albury, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2008 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Dec 1839 - Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Scotland - 6 Jun 1841 - Duddingston, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 29 Jan 1853 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Jan 1867 - Albury, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInquest - 1885 - Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Stonemason and farmer - - Barnawartha North, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - "Glenbee" - - Barnawartha North, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Apoplexy [Stroke], accelerated by heart disease - 2 Feb 1885 - Barnawartha North, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    COLSTON, William Edward
    COLSTON, William Edward
    Taken in Melbourne at T F Chuck Studio, Royal Arcade
    COLSTON, Mary Hannah (née Christie) & William Edward
    COLSTON, Mary Hannah (née Christie) & William Edward
    This is a composite photo
    COLSTON, William Edward with wife and daughter
    COLSTON, William Edward with wife and daughter
    "Home at Barney"

  • Sources 
    1. [S63] Birthday Book, Arthur Colston.

    2. [S77] State Records NSW, (http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/), AONSW reels 2136 & 2465 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S78] Inquest Index. Victoria 1840-1985, (Melbourne, Macbeth Genealogical Services Pty Ltd, 2000), 1885 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S15] Pioneer Index Victoria 1836-1888, (Melbourne, The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1998), 1885/346 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S12] Victoria: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, 1885/346 Death certificate (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S76] Barnawartha Cemetery Memorial Inscription.

    7. [S4] NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, (http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au), 1337/1867 (Reliability: 3).