William McKenzie

William McKenzie was the son of Alexander McKenzie and his third wife Christina McGillivray.

William b.14.5.1852 d. 7.6.1918 Wollongong (obituary) m. Margaret McPhail b abt. 1862 – d. 1933 Wollongong (obituary). In the late 19th – early 20th Century years he made a major contribution to Wollongong’s future direction – a photograph from the Wollongong City Library Collection can be viewed here. He served as an alderman on Wollongong Municipal Council from 1894 till 1905 – and as Mayor in 1902 – 1903.

Not surprisingly there are many news media stories of William McKenzie’s life – click here

William, who had lived at Ellengowan and Buena Vista on Smith’s Hill, owned a butchery business in Bulli (operated with Thomas Farrell) and also the Model Butchery & Small Goods Store in Wollongong. He became an alderman on North Illawarra Council and Mayor of Wollongong Council – not surprisingly, his obituary is a wonderful tribute (see also probate) in 1918.

Kerrie Note – Indeed having myself served for over 12 years on Wollongong City Council, I can only pay tribute to the vision of William McKenzie and his dedication to serving the Wollongong community in a range of spheres. William was an advocate for a town water supply in Wollongong, a telephone service in Wollongong and a workers’ train between Wollongong and the northern Illawarra suburbs. And he was innovative in his own butchery businesses.

William’s wife, Margaret McPhail, as a former Wollongong Council Mayoress, also contributed in her own way to the Wollongong municipality as recognised in her obituary in 1933.

Their children were

  • Alexander Stanley McKenzie (b 1884 Woonona – d. 1919 buried at Old Wollongong Presbyterian Cemetery) married Ethel M – lived in Eastwood 
    • William Stanley McKenzie (b. 1907 Wollongong – served in WW2 in Gladstone in Volunteer Defence unit – 10 BATTALION VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS QLD
  • Jessie Evelyn McKenzie (b 1886 Wollongong – ) – married to William Arthur Lang (view photo) who was an Alderman on North Illawarra Council for 1911-1912 (when he resigned causing a by-election), then an Alderman on Wollongong Municipal Council from 1925 till 1934, and then 1937 – 1944, becoming the Mayor in 1932-1934 and 1937 – 1940; and was the son of North Illawarra Council Alderman Alexander Lang and his wife Ann Caldwell
    • Dorothy Lang (b. 1906 – ) – married Yeoman ?
    • Alexina Lang (b. 1010 – d. ) married Simpson
    • Jean Lang – never married
  • Millicent May (b 1888 Wollongong – d. 1949 Wollongong – 1,  )  – married Hubert Elphinstone in 1913 – then Harold J Buckland in 1931
    • Margaret Elphinstone married ? Stevenson, Narrowmine
    • Douglas Elphinstone – lived in Papua at time of his mother’s 1949 death
  • Nellie (b 1889 Wollongong – ) – married Stanley Elphinstone in 1909 – they lived at Mudgee
  • William (Allen ?)  McKenzie (b 1891 Wollongong – ) – took over his father’s business in 1917 – but sold the Wollongong Butchery business in 1919 to James Vereker – later held property in Western Australia
  • Maggie (b 1894 Wollongong – ) – married Ludwig Stichnoth in 1918 – they lived at Mildura
IMG_3039 Margaret McKenzie nee McPhail with daughters

Seated Margaret McPhail and daughter Margaret McKenzie. Standing is Jessie Lang, a daughter of Margaret McKenzie and in front Jessie’s daughter Dorothy. Photo courtesy of Deborah Crook.

Margaret MacPhail wife of William McKenzie son of Alexander Snr

Margaret MacPhail mother of William McKenzie’s wife Margaret – courtesy of Robert Findley

Margaret McKenzie’s brother was also on Central Illawarra Council, viz Alderman J McPhail

Margaret McKenzie’s will was disputed in the courts in late 1933 – specifically that she had willed 1000 pounds towards the building of a new Presbyterian church in Wollongong.

Note – In Don McKenzie’s book he mentions that “Bill” Lang married one of Alexander McKenzie Senior’s daughters from his third marriage. However the marriage was in fact of William Arthur “Bill” Lang to one of his granddaughters, Jessie Evelyn, a daughter of William McKenzie, a son of Alexander’s third marriage.



1 Response to William McKenzie

  1. Andrew Humphreys says:

    My name is Andrew Humphreys. I am the grandson of Maggie Stitchnoth (Mackenzie). The son of Helen, Maggie’s second daughter. Mum is now dead but her elder sister Meg is alive and in care in Melbourne and her other daughter Ailsa is in care in Adelaide.
    I have an incomplete family outline which Maggie wrote many years ago. It seems to have some details of family members which you may be unaware of. If this is of interest please contact me as below and I shall scan and send to you.

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