William Wiseheart

M, #20675, b. 14 Dec 1859, d. 10 Dec 1936
Step-father*Charles Wiseheart b. 1836, d. 30 Mar 1914
Mother*Emma Lyons b. 1837, d. 20 Jul 1897
FatherJohn Joseph McGill b. 1827, d. Aug 1913
Name Variation William Wiseheart was also known as McGill. 
Birth*14 Dec 1859 Melbourne, VIC, Australia, #B762/1860 [par John Joseph McGILL and Emma LYONS] - as William Henry McGILL - Baptism at St John's Melbourne 7 Feb 1860.1,2
PROV*29 Jan 1874Wiseheart, William Reg. no. 7482 on Ward Register - was charged with stealing two geese together with four other boys. As it was a punishable offence he was stationed on the Navy ship "Nelson". His term expired on 29 Jan 1875.3
Death*10 Dec 1936 NSW, Australia, buried at Rookwood Cemetery Sec 14 Row 35 Inscription: our step father (Inscr on footstone - "Mother.")4 


  • 29 Jan 1874: FITZROY. (Before Messrs. Templeton, Ewing, Tucker, Marsden, Rushall, Kidney, and Hailes.)
    Goosey Goosey Gander.
    Billy Lane, William Wiseheart, Jim Burgess, and Bill Hutton are boys. Those dear boys saw some geese, and annexed two of them. A policeman happened to be "round tne corner" ; he saw that a little poultry raid was being carried on, and he set sail after the boys, and captured Billy Wiseheart. Billy dropped the goose, and the peeler dropped upon "little Billee." William "split" upon his comrades, and they have all gone to be "goosed" in the Reformatory. There will be no poultry fare for Lane and Wiseheart from this day, to this day twelve months. The other ingenuous boys won't smell goose stuffing for three years.5
  • 7 Mar 1874: At the FITZROY Court on Thursday, three men—Bernard Hutton, secretary of the Journeymen Bakers' Association, Barney Lane, and Charles Wiseheart—were summoned to contribute towards the support of their children in the Industrial Schools. They each had one child, a boy, on board the training-ship. They were ordered to pay 5s. a week each. Charles Wiseheart6
  • 11 Aug 1874: William Wiseheart has absconded from the industrial schools, St. Kilda road, since the evening of the 6th instant. Description: —About 16 years of age, 5 feet 2 inches high, stout build, fair complexion, blue eyes; dressed in the school uniform. —0.4336. 8th August 1874.7


  1. [S26] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Births) (online).
  2. [S187] FamilySearch ""Australia Births and Baptisms, 1792-1981", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:HNBW-BR3Z : 28 January 2020), William Henry McGill, 1859.
    Image Film # 007720237 Image 293 of 707."
  3. [S34] PROV (Public Record Office Victoria), VPRS 4527/ P2 item Book 8, record page 406 bottom.
  4. [S65] Ancestry - various indices, Sydney, Australia, Cemetery Headstone Transcriptions, 1837-2003.
  5. [S14] Newspaper - The Herald (Melbourne, Vic.), Thu 29 Jan 1874, p4
  6. [S11] Newspaper - The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Sat 7 Mar 1874, p9
  7. [S14] Newspaper - Victoria Police Gazette (Melbourne, Vic.), 11 Aug 1874, p168.
Last Edited30 Aug 2021

Alma Freeman Crocker

F, #20693, b. 1907, d. 1986
Married NameMarsh.1 
Birth*1907 Prahran, VIC, Australia, #B21529 [par Albt Hugh CROCKER & Elizabeth SANDILAND].1 
Marriage*1930 Spouse: Arthur Charles Marsh. VIC, Australia, #M8880.1
Widow1965Alma Freeman Crocker became a widow upon the death of her husband Arthur Charles Marsh.2 
Death*1986 Ashwood, VIC, Australia, #D15458/1986 (Age 78) (par Albert Hugh CROCKER & Margaret Elizabeth SANDLANDS) - as Alma Freeman CURTIS.3 


  1. [S22] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (online).
  2. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online) "#D2940/1965 (Age 60) (par George Henry MARSH & Ada Mary LOOKER) - as Arthur Charles MARSH, Death registered at Jordanville, Australia."
  3. [S28] Victorian Government. BDM Index Victoria (Deaths) (online) "#D15458/1986 (Age 78) (par Albert Hugh CROCKER & Margaret Elizabeth SANDLANDS) - as Alma Freeman CURTIS, born Melbourne. Death registered at Ashwood, Australia."
Last Edited8 Feb 2022


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