William Richard Onslow"Willie" HILL, , Police Magistrate and Gold Warden

Male 1844 - 1923  (79 years)


Personal Information

  • Name William Richard Onslow"Willie" HILL 
    Suffix , Police Magistrate and Gold Warden 
    Nickname Willie 
    Born 1844  the barracks of H.M. 10th. Foot, at St. Heliers, Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref; The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) View title info Sat 22 Dec 1923 Page 14
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Dec 1923  Auchenflower, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref; The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) View title info Sat 22 Dec 1923 Page 14
    Buried 10 Dec 1923  Toowong General Cemetery, Brisbane, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:The Daily Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1903 - 1926) Monday 10 December 1923 p 6 Family Notices
    Notes 
    • Author of a book called 'Forty-Five Years' Experiences in North Queensland'

      Ref; The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) View title info Sat 22 Dec 1923 Page 14

      DEATH OF MR. W.R.O. HILL. A picturesque figure in the social life of Brisbane and a man known throughout the State as an able and earnest administrator,Mr. W. R. O. Hill, better known as "Willie" Hill - has gone to his rest. He died on December 9 at the residence of his son, Mr. Onslow Hill, at Gregory-street, Auchenflower, at the age of 79. The late Mr. Hill was born in the barracks of H.M. 10th. Foot, at St. Heliers, Jersey, in 1844. One of three brothers who came to Queensland in 1861. He had some experience of station work, but later secured a post in the Native Police, and remained in the Government service until his retirement a few years ago. During his term of service Mr Hill had some experience of the West, but was mainly employed in North Queensland, where his name was a household word. He was keen, brave, and capable, and by all classes was regarded as an administrator who neither feared nor favoured. In the late seventies his arrest of a murderer at Ravenswood, under sensational circumstances, showed how absolutely fearless he was. A picture of Mr. Hill when at Byerstown in 1876 shows him to have been thin, alert, with a mass of wavy black hair and a dark moustache. In later days be wore a closely cropped beard, in which the grey predominated, and gold mounted glasses. Up to the time of his death he was particularly active, always fresh looking, and interested in most things, especially music. He was not only a fine pianist, flautist, and singer, but the writer and composer of many good songs. His book, "Forty-five Years' Experience in North Queensland," is of great interest, and in it there are reminiscences of people and deeds which illustrate the strenuous life of the earlier days of the Public Service. The duties of a police magistrate and goldfields warden were very responsible, and it was impossible to refer all difficult propositions to the heads of the departments in Brisbane. Thus the successful officers in the Far North were necessarily men of vision and resource, and not afraid of responsibility. Mr. Hill was twice married. His first wife was one of two beautiful sisters, the Misses Wilson, who were on the stage. The other sister became the wife of Mr. Egerton Chester-Master. His second wife was Mrs. Webster, the widow of Mr. Webster, of Marah and Webster, of Mackay. A son of the first marriage is Mr. Onslow Hill, of the Railway Department. He served in the South African war, and remained in that country for about 12 years after the declaration of peace. Mr. "Willie" Hill's brothers were both in the Public Service of Queensland. Mr. Stanley Hill was at Rockhampton; made a fortune from Mount Morgan and succeeded to the family baronetcy. Cecil Hill was in the Native Police, and was killed by the blacks on the Dawwson.
    Person ID I28074  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2017 

    Family 1 Emily WILSON, , third daughter of William Wilson,of Brisbane,Queensland,   bur. 2 Jun 1900, Mackay Cemetery, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 17 Oct 1871  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:Qld Bdm:C620 , The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Monday 20 November 1871 p 2 Family Notices
    Children 
     1. Onslow Frederick Stanley HILL, ,of Blackall Range ,Queensland,Australia,   b. 28 Jun 1881, Ravenswood, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1957  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F9467  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Julie WEBSTER, ,widow of Charles Webster, Esq,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1 Mar 1902  Mackay, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref:Qld Bdm : C1457 , The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Tuesday 11 March 1902 p 4 Family Notices
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F9468  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart




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