Postmark : Bowral|
Post Date : 1911 (Possibly)
Written by : E. W. (Emily Willis nee Tickner)
To : Mrs J A Gegg, "Pineleigh", Sydney Rd, North Goulburn
Message : Wishing you the compliments of the season.
With love from all at Bowral
Emily was born at Razorback on 25 May 1863. She married Jonathan Willis at North Goulburn on 23 July 1884 and they lived at Bowral for the rest of their lives.
Jonathan Willis was a son of Timothy Willis and Sarah Jeffress who had married at Petersham, New South Wales, in 1844. Timothy was born in Wittersham, Kent, on 8 January 1809 and he arrived at Sydney aboard the "Cornwall" on 1 September 1839.
Sarah was a daughter of William and Sarah Jeffress. She was born in Oxfordshire on 15 January 1826 and arrived at Sydney with her parents aboard the "Ann Gales" on 12 July 1840. William Jeffress came to assist in the establishment of the Australian Sugar Company.
Timothy Willis was a brickmaker and worked for Jeffress at Canterbury. He married the boss's daughter and later they moved to Bowral where he established a brickworks to supply the bricks for the railway tunnel between Bowral and Mittagong. The tunnel was opened in 1886.
Jonathan, who was known as Jack, was a brickmaker like his father and helped him on the tunnel project. Later he became a butcher and had a slaughter yard at Bowral. Around 1919 he employed his brother-in-law, Edward Tickner, at the slaughter yard.
Jonathan became a successful and prosperous businessman at Bowral where he built his homestead, "Rookwood", on the Kangaloon Rd. It was a large and beautiful terrace style, two storey house. It was decorated with much iron lacework.
Emily and Jonathan had seven children. The first, Ubert Victor, was killed in World War I, the second died in infancy and the other five survived, married and had children.
Jonathan Willis was born on 16 December 1862 at Camden and he died on 15 December 1934. Emily Willis died at Croydon on 11 June 1941. Both were buried at Bowral.
Jonathon's older brother, George, married Emma Flint who was a sister of the Joseph Flint who married Emily's sister Martha.
Updated : 5 Oct 2012
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