Since 1886

A brief history of the Wiliamson's settlement in the Peak Hill/Tullamore District

James & Margaret came to live here from Northern Ireland, via the goldmines of the Oxley district in Victoria then as landholders from Jerilderie, NSW.

James Williamson

Margaret Ann Kidd

James & Margaret had 10 children in total, 5 boys and 5 girls - although sadly both Hannah & Margaret  died of diptheria. Both girls are buried at Jerilderie. 

THEIR CHILDREN

James Blackwood Williamson

Joseph Henry "Harry" Williamson

Robert

John

Williamson

Simpson

Morrison

Williamson

William

"Gordon"

Williamson

Elizabeth

Russ

nee Williamson

1869 - 1949

James

Blackwood Williamson

1870 - 1949

Sarah Jane

"Sally" Russ

nee Williamson

1874 - 1956

Martha "Mattie"

Richardson

nee Williamson

1876 - 1956

Joseph Henry "Harry"

Williamson

1878 - 1919

Robert

John

Williamson

1880 - 1928

Simpson

Morrison

Williamson

1884 - 1958

William

"Gordon"

Williamson

1886 - 1963

SETTLEMENT IN THE PEAK HILL/TULLAMORE DISTRICT

James & Margaret Williamson were pioneers in the North West of the Peak Hill district, taking up previously unsettled land in 1886. 

They took up 4 blocks of land of 2560 acres each. Each block comprised of 640 acres conditional purchase and 1920 acres conditional lease. The law required that someone live on each block, so in order to abide by this the Warge Rock homestead was built on the corners of the 4 properties. By the time of his death in 1912 James has set up his 5 sons on adjoining properties.

 

These were as follows:

Warge Rock - Gordon Williamson

Wilga Park - James Blackwood Williamson

Glenconnor - Robert John Williamson

Aurora Park - Harry (Joseph Henry) Williamson

Genaren was purchased for Simpson Morrison Williamson in 1909

FROM WARGE ROCK TO WILGA PARK

Daughter to Hugh & Wilhelmina Arthur nee Houston

married 30/1/1901

Parkes NSW

born 18/6/1871

died 12/11/1963

Mina

Arthur

James Blackwood Williamson

James Blackwood Williamson married Mina Arthur of "Curra" Peak Hill in 1901, at Parkes NSW.

They had 4 children, James Arthur, Wilhelmina, Margaret Jean and William Blackwood, born between 1903 and 1910.

 

In 1910 the family moved from the cottage at 'Warge Rock" to their new home at "Wilga Park". My grandfather Jim, tells the story that on the day they moved he rode his pony beside the sulky and that it felt a very long way, when in fact it was a distance of only a few miles but clearly quite a trek for a 7 year old boy! He also recalled that his grandfather James gave him a gold sovereign to mark the occasion.

MINA & JAMES BLACKWOOD'S CHILDREN

James

Arthur Williamson

Margaret Anderson nee Williamson

Wilhelmina "Winnie" Newbigging

nee Williamson

William

Blackwood Williamson

James Blackwood and Mina continued to live at Wilga Park until their retirement in 1926. 

 

His father James Williamson passed away in 1912 and for some years James Blackwood managed "Warge Rock" which traded under the name Estate of James Williamson & Sons.

 

In 1915 This partnership was dissolved and James Blackwood became the owner of the block known as "Wilga Park". The family continued to live here until his retirement in 1926 when they moved to their new home at 1 Point Rd, Northwood in Sydney.

 

It was reported that the call of the land was irresistible though, because in 1936 in partnership with his son William acquired "Mayfield" in the Albert district. James and Mina continued to live in Sydney but maintained this interest until James Blackwood's passing in 1949.

Wilhelmina, Jim, Margaret & Bill Williamson.

JAMES ARTHUR AND AURORA PARK

Following James Blackwood's retirement in 1926, his  eldest son, James Arthur, after a short stint in Sydney returned home to work for his Uncle Gordon of "Warge Rock" who had taken over the running of "Aurora Park" property along with his brother Simpson following the accidental death of their brother Joseph Henry "Harry" Williamson in 1919. 

 

At some stage James Arthur (Jim) then took over managing "Aurora Park", then ultimately the ownership - some time before he married Martha Victoria "Queenie" Newbigging in 1937. 

 

This is also when the "Aurora Park" homestead was built.

Jim and Queenie went on to have 5 children, born between 1938 & 1948. They are Beverley, Ross, Darrelle, Ian & Maggi. 

Jim & Queenie Williamson

Ian Williamson

Ross, Beverley & Darrelle

Margaret (Maggi)

IAN DOUGLAS AND AURORA PARK

Ian, the youngest son of Jim and Queenie married Mary Jennifer Amos in 1971.

First they lived at "Omagh" Albert a property leased and then purchased by them shortly after they married.

Ian, & Jenny, with their children Fiona, Sally, Simpson & Felicity moved back to Aurora Park in 1979 when Jim & Queenie retired to Tullamore.

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Ian & Jenny Williamson

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Ian Williamson

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Mary Jennifer 'Jenny' Williamson

Fiona & Felicity Williamson

Sally Williamson

Simpson Williamson

& Nikki Mudge

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Bill Aveyard

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Fiona Aveyard

Evie, Lily, Jim & Archie

Last but not least we have the sixth generation Lily, Archie, Evie & Jim.  Time will determine if the agricultural life will choose them, but the opportunity will be there if they decide it is.