- Born: 1860, Kyneton, Victoria, Australia
- Marriage: Isabella Grace Marion BUTLAND in 1889 in Westport, West Coast, New Zealand
- Died: 15 Jan 1918, Westport, West Coast, New Zealand at age 58
- Buried: 17 Jan 1918, Orowaiti Cemetery, Westport, West Coast, New Zealand
Grey River Argus , 13 February 1909
Mr W. Gothard, editor of the Westport Times, leaves on Tuesday next for a three months' tour of New Zealand and Australia. He will be accompanied by Mrs Gothard.
Grey River Argus , 16 January 1918, Page 3
A wire was received in Greymouth last evening conveying the sad news that Mr. W. Gothard, Editor of the Westport "Times and Star," was drowned on the beach while surf bathing in the afternoon. The late Mr Gothard was about fifty-seven years of age, and had been on the West Coast about 40 years. He was a brilliant journalist and a popular man, and • leaves a wife to mourn his demise;" but no family. The deceased was part proprietor of the paper above mentioned, his partners being Mr. T. P. Williams, of Westport, and Mr .J. T. Petrie, of Greymouth, trading as Tyrrell and Co. Mr. Petrie leaves for Westport this morning to attend the funeral.
William married Isabella Grace Marion BUTLAND in 1889 in Westport, West Coast, New Zealand. (Isabella Grace Marion BUTLAND was born on 3 Apr 1868.)