UK-South Africa connections

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I am new to this site and hoping to find a birth record for my great-grandfather, who lived and died in South Africa but whose death notice states that he was born in England. His dates are 1853-1920. George William WILSON. 

His family had a strong connection to the Railways in S.A.

I did once find a possible link in Sculcoates, Yorkshire but do not have access to any pay-sites.

Any pointers would be gratefully received.  Thank you.

in Genealogy Help by Marielle Ford G2G Crew (610 points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway
There are a number of birth entries that fit the name & birth year. The Sculcoates birth in 1853 seems unlikely as he can be found in the 1901 England census. Any other clues, particularly when he emigrated to SA?
Do you know when he arrived in South Africa. There are several candidates but some of them are obviously still in England right up until the 1911 census.

(I'm a Ford by marriage, my husbands family comes from SA but it's a common name;)
That is my problem.  Not sure if he came as an infant with family or as adult in own right.  Suspect a number of UK people came to work on setting up the Railway system here but can't be sure that was the reason he came here, although he and a number of sons did end up working for the Railways. My late Dad mentioned a Yorkshire connection but no firm proof.  Now the Sculcoates man has at least been taken out of the equation. Many thanks.

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by Chris Mckinnon G2G6 Pilot (337k points)
Cornelia Frederika WIENEKES/WEINECKE  Believe she was S.A. born of Dutch descent.
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William George Wilson ???

Birth:  unknown
Death:  1912
Note: ; son/Thomas A & Mabel; unmarked
Coolah Cemetery
Warrumbungle Shire
New South Wales, Australia
Plot: Ang
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Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: Mar 18, 2010
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by Chris Mckinnon G2G6 Pilot (337k points)
Thanks but not my man. No Australian connection.

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