Ole (Waldemarsson) Williamson

Ola Halley (Waldemarsson) Williamson (1857 - 1910)

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Ola Halley (Ole) Williamson formerly Waldemarsson
Born in Balsby, Nosaby, Kristianstad, Swedenmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) in Queensland, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Townsville, Queensland, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Oct 2018
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🌟 It should be noted that Ole's family name was NOT Williamson, but was Anglicised TO Williamson from a Swedish patronymic. 🌟

👣 Ola was born 17 October 1857 to "Åboen" (tenant) Waldemar Larsson and his wife Anna Svensd(otte)r in Balsby, Nosaby parish.[1]
⛪ Ola was christened on the 22nd October 1857, in Nosaby, Kristianstad.[2]

🌳The family moved to Nymö parish.[3]

Ola left for "Amerika" 7 Apr 1880.[4] In the moving-out book he is registered for the first time with his full name, Ola Waldemarsson.[5]

Names: First instance (as yet discovered) of changing names for Ola is on the ship's passenger list in May 1880, where he is listed as Ole Williamsen.
Ole's (apparently self-chosen, barring new evidence) middle name "Halley" is often rendered "Harry" on documents.

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Ole (Waldemarsson) Williamson migrated from Sweden to New York, New York.
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🚢 Travelling as Ole Williamsen, Ola/Ole left Sweden for America on the "SS Australia" as a steerage (second-class) passenger, bound for New York City, New York, United States, arriving at Ellis Island on the 20th (or the 16th) May 1880.[6] His occupation is listed as "labourer".

🕺💃 Whenever it was Ole arrived in Australia, he was in Melbourne, Victoria in July of 1894, holding a "Plain and Fancy Dress Ball" in the North Melbourne Town Hall on the 25th. The clothing worn was both "handsome" and "comic", with Ole dressing as Don Juan.[7]

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Ole (Waldemarsson) Williamson migrated from an unknown location to Australia.
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💑 Ola Waldemarsson, son of a tenant farmer, having become Ole Williamson somewhen between leaving Sweden in April 1880 and arriving in Queensland in (year unknown), a "Teacher of Dancing", married Kate "Kitty" Gordon in Townsville, Queensland, Australia, on the 20th March 1899.[8] Seven months later their first child (of five) arrived, son William Robert.

🕺💃 Mr O. H. Williamson's annual dance for his pupils was held at the Oddfellows' Hall, Sturt Street, on Tuesday last. Great credit is due to Mr Williamson for the efficient way in which the children acquitted themselves.[9]

🌿 A new career?
Mr Ole Harry Williamson, of Townsville, has taken up as an unconditional selection 78 acres on Euri Creek, his intention being to go in for tobacco growing. Mr Williamson, who has had considerable experience in tobacco growing in America, speaks in glowing terms of the future prospects of the industry in the Bowen district.[10]

⛪ ⛼ Ole Halley Williamson, born Ola Waldemarsson, died eight days before the birth of his fifth child and only daughter, in March of 1910, aged 43 years, after a fall from a cart caused him to suffer a "rupture of the heart".[11] Daughter Annie Olive was named (in part) for her paternal grandmother, Anna.
⛼ He is buried in Townsville's Belgian Gardens cemetery with other family members.[12]

Research Notes

What has always been the understanding of the Queensland family, based on information believed to have been provided by Ole Halley Williamson on official documentation in Queensland: and updated with new information as of 21 May 2019.
Ole was born about 1866 in Liverpool, England, to Larsse and Anne (née Swanson) Williamson (according to the information he gave on his marriage certificate) (it seems) Nymö, Backaskog, Kristianstad, Sweden, the son of Valdemar Larsson and Anna Svensdr. The uncertainty regards the year of his birth is because of the conflicting age stated on his marriage certificate (33) and the birth certificate (29) of his eldest son (later in the same year).

Recently come by information indicates that Ole "fudged" his vital statistics on his Queensland documentation. Instead of being born in Liverpool, England*, it appears he was probably born Ola Waldemarsson, son of Waldemar Larsson and Anna Svensdr (she would NOT have been the son in any case), in Nymo, Backaskog, Sweden. This is awaiting confirmation from someone in Sweden, hence it being here as a research note and not firmly placed in the birth section of the biography. The confirmation (if given) will determine the true LNAB, which will have to be changed if it was, truly, Waldemarsson.
* Despite some 30-plus years of searching, no confirmation of a Liverpool, or, indeed, an England, birth has ever been found. Ole was also prone to changing his age on the registrations such as his marriage and those of his children, making searching difficult, despite using many possible spellings of last names.


  1. Nosaby kyrkoarkiv, Födelse- och dopböcker, SE/LLA/13287/C I/8 (1847-1858), imageID: C0061336_00078 Riksarkivet SVAR
  2. Citing this Record "Sweden Baptisms, 1611-1920," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FKXJ-6J9 : 10 February 2018), Waldemar Larsson in entry for Ola Waldemarsson, 17 Oct 1857; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 142,005.
  3. Nymö kyrkoarkiv, Husförhörslängder, SE/LLA/13288/A I/7 (1863-1868), imageID: C0061360_00022 (lower left corner) Riksarkivet SVAR
  4. Nymö kyrkoarkiv, Husförhörslängder, SE/LLA/13288/A I/9 (1873-1882), imageID: C0061362_00025, sida 22 Riksarkivet SVAR
  5. Nymö kyrkoarkiv, Flyttningslängder, SE/LLA/13288/B/1 (1870-1894), imageID: C0061365_00018 Riksarkivet SVAR
  6. Citing this Record "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVSK-K36S : 12 March 2018), Ole Williamsen, 1880; citing NARA microfilm publication M237 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm
  7. National Library of Australia Trove: Page 14 Melbourne Punch Thu 2 Aug 1894
  8. Queensland BDM marriage record:1899/C/2324
  9. National Library of Australia Trove: Page 44 The North Queensland Register (Townsville, Qld. : 1892 - 1905) Wed 7 Oct 1896 TOWNSVILLE SOCIAL ITEMS.
  10. National Library of Australia Trove: Page 4 Townsville Daily Bulletin Thu 4 Jun 1908 Advertising
  11. Queensland BDM death record:1910/C/3829
  12. Belgian-Gardens-Cemetery-Records.pdf
  • Family records and birth, marriage, death certificates or certified copies, journal entries, letters, held by family members.

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On 24 Jun 2019 at 05:26 GMT Sharon Weekes wrote:

Is Ole's link to Melbourne known?

There are a lot of Ole's ads but I am pretty sure that there is another reference to Melbourne besides the one found in the following article.

18 Feb 1899 - Advertising - Trove http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84863812

The Northern Miner. (Charters Towers) DANCING, Foresters' Hall. As Mr O. H. Williamson just arrived from Melbourne to re-open his advance class next Friday night. Beginners class the 10th. Childrens'18th. March. Everything new. Private lessons if required. Quarterly fees: Adults £1 XI, Children 12/6.

On 21 Jun 2019 at 05:50 GMT Sharon Weekes wrote:

06 Nov 1897--The Northern Miner (Charters Towers)


THE Ball of the Season—Mr O. H. Williamson's Plain and Fancy Dress, at the Theatre Royal, FRIDAY, 12th November. Double Ticket, 7/6; Single 5/-

Oh, what a Time we shall have.

On 21 Jun 2019 at 04:18 GMT Sharon Weekes wrote:

You can find Ola Waldemarsson aka Ole Williamson at Trove.nla.gov.au

Ole's many newspaper advertisements for his Dance Classes at Foresters' Hall in Townsville, Qld, are Tagged as Mr O H Williamson.


On 15 Jun 2019 at 07:01 GMT Eva Ekeblad wrote:

Nosaby kyrkoarkiv, Födelse- och dopböcker, SE/LLA/13287/C I/8 (1847-1858), bildid: C0061336_00078 https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/C0061336_00078

Ola was born 17 October 1857 to "Åboen" (tenant) Waldemar Larsson and his wife Anna Svensd(otte)r in Balsby, Nosaby parish. The family moved to Nymö.

Nymö kyrkoarkiv, Husförhörslängder, SE/LLA/13288/A I/7 (1863-1868), bildid: C0061360_00022 https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/C0061360_00022 (lower left corner)

Ola left for "America" 7 Apr 1880.

Nymö kyrkoarkiv, Husförhörslängder, SE/LLA/13288/A I/9 (1873-1882), bildid: C0061362_00025, sida 22 https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/C0061362_00025

Should be him, don't you think?

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