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Elizabeth Walford

1824 – 1912

Francis William Barnard Walford (1821–1896), businessman and landowner, was born in Hobart, the son of Barnard Walford (1801–1846), a publican and victualler; and the grandson of Barnard Walford senior (c. 1765–1828), a Vienna-born ex-convict who had been transported for seven years in 1791, his crime being the theft of a bolt of cloth. Barnard Walford senior was presumably among the convicts transferred from Norfolk Island to Van Diemen’s Land in the early nineteenth century. By the early 1840s, his grandson William Barnard Walford was in Sydney, and there in 1842 married Elizabeth Tovey Symonds (1824–1912). Elizabeth, also born in Hobart, was the daughter of an ex-convict named John Tovey Symonds, who was transported to New South Wales for burglary in 1815. Symonds spent ten years in Van Diemen’s Land, marrying Elizabeth’s mother, Mary Walford, in Hobart in 1819; Symonds returned to Sydney in 1826 and established a pub called the Waterloo Tavern, in Kent Street. Throughout the latter half of the nineteenth century, William Barnard Walford developed a number of business interests, investing in real estate, mining and other ventures, and later serving as a director of companies such as the Australian Gaslight Company. William and Elizabeth Walford lived at ‘Waratah’, in Rushcutters Bay and had eleven children, of whom only five survived to adulthood. Their youngest son, Leslie Nichol Walford, (1869–1928) married Dora Olive Marguerite Alexander (1895–1972).

Updated 2018
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