Born 1868 the fifth child of Thomas & Annie, the Timaru Times reported William to be a bright student, receiving several awards for achievement. William would have been around 20 years of age when father Thomas shifted the family from New Zealand to Melbourne. On arrival he is soon to meet and marry Elizabeth in 1890.
In his late 20's and quite a few years before the death of his father 'Thomas'. William a shy but obviously industrious young man became the patriarch of this Machin family.
What's more and unlike father/Thomas, --- William went on to rebuild and maintain a successful family business.
Granddaughter [M.B. (b1922)] noted that he created the wherewithal to support and provide a home to: their widowed parents, their children and cousins alike, whilst still giving generously to worthy individuals and organisations. This for over 50 years and apparently not ending until his own demise in 1947.
His success being all the more remarkable because the period that it spanned was those years of, World War's "1" & "2" and including the intervening depression…
Some words on William’s: 'home & workshop' at 26 Denbigh Rd Armadale:
The address was very close to where we [The Patten’s] lived in High Street. I was born in 1937 and although both William & Elizabeth lived here until 1947-50. I only visited once.
I was about 13 or 14 when dad and I walked around to visit 26 Denbigh Rd. I now believe that at the time the home was being prepared for realisation-sale, this following, the demise of William’s wife Elizabeth.
The house sticks firmly in my memory; the front lounge room was quiet large, it featured a full-blown Pipe-Organ. [We know that later this organ was relocated to: St Clements’s Anglican Church Brighton Road Elsternwick].
Elsewhere within the Denbigh Rd house, were a number of fine models of Steam Ships, the largest of these about two meters in length was of a passenger ship, another a working Model of a Steam driven Tug Boat, I also recall a working model Steam Engine [I now believe this could have been a model of a Thomson steam engine]. We were aware that that these models had been donated to the Victorian Museum in or around 1953.
William’s granddaughter [M.B.] wrote with some detail, that William be-friended a Herbert Thomson [who was of a similar age to William] Herbert was a well-known engineer he created the Thomson steam engine, his work shop was close by in High St Armadale, Herbert was responsible for the first Australian built four-wheel-steam-driven motor vehicle around 1896 [this vehicle is also, now housed at the Melbourne Museum]. But obviously Thomson would have been the source of William’s steam engines that powered his models…
Research indicates that 26 Denbigh Rd sold at a Realisation-Auction in July 1950 and a block of apartments now stand on that site…
This entry was originally auto-generated by a GEDCOM import created by [Patten-336] through the import of other Machin family entries about January-2014. We request that any comments, correction and additions, be copied to Patten-336…
This record was last changed/updated May 5th 2016.
N.Z. -- August 10, 1868
Australian Government. Statist #:1434
Age: 79 [ie: b1868]
Australian Government. Statist #:7922
Date: 24 July 1947
Place: Springvale Botanical Cemetery & Crematorium, Victoria, Australia
Note: TRISTANIA, INDIVIDUAL ROSE, GARDEN F3 BED 14 ROSE 48 [add ref: 119081 Age 79]