Who was William Wilson who died August 1, 1928 in Barmedman, NSW, Australia

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This guy just seems to have appeared out of the blue and the only official record I have is a death certificate. Anyone know anything about him? I believe that he was a migrant but from where and how did he get here?

Check the profile below, I have quite a number of descendants mapped and I would like to hear from anyone that is a descendant as well, I know I am missing quite a few.
WikiTree profile: William Wilson
in Genealogy Help by Living Hunter G2G1 (1.9k points)

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Hi John,
The Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday 4 August 1928 has this to say about his death...
Mr. William Wilson, who died at Barmenman aged 92 years, came to Australia when 14 years old.
He had a thrilling experience in a sailing vessel. The storm blew the masts away, and the vessel was helpless for three days. Mr. Wilson lived at Barmedman for 40 years, and leaves three sons.
His death is in the NSW BMD (http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/) ...
According to the SMH his birth would have been in 1836 and as he would have emigrated in about 1850 he should appear in the 1841 Scottish Census.  Well there is only one census return I can find with 2 Williams and a Jean in the household and that was just on the outskirts of central Edinburgh...
Piece: 6851 Book/Folio: 10 Page: 8 Civil Parish: Canongate
Address: 2, Palace Yards, Canongate County: Midlothian
BLACKLOCH, James M 35 1806 Labourer Midlothian
BLACKLOCH, Susan F 35 1806 Midlothian
BLACKLOCH, Catherine F 12 1829 Midlothian
BLACKLOCH, John M 6 1835 Midlothian
WALLACE, William M 1 1840 Midlothian
WILISON, George M 1 1840 Midlothian
WILSON, William M 25 1816 Maltman Midlothian
WILSON, Jean F 25 1816 Scotland
WILSON, William M 3 1838 Midlothian
WILSON, James M 2 1839 Midlothian
I haven't found any immigration information but maybe with the year information you may have more success, yourself.  Try these websites and make use of the advanced search at the Australian Newspaper Archive...
Good Luck.
by Wombat Allen G2G6 Mach 2 (25.3k points)
selected by Living Hunter
Sorry John - my Edinburgh geography let me down.  Canongate is the main road between Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile up to the Castle so it looks as if Palace Yards would probably have been adjacent to H Palace itself (possibly where the modern parliament is sited).
Thank you for this answer. I am astounded to say the least. And thank you for the references as well, I will put them to good use on the rest of my tree.

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