Letter to the
from Ralph Sanderson,
William 'Willie' Wimmera
I am conducting research in preparation for a
book on ships named 'Wimmera'. As part of that
research I have found a reference to an
Australian aboriginal boy who was christened
'William Wimmera' at Reading in 1851. On
Wednesday March lo, 1852, William 'Willie'
Wimmera died from tuberculosis and peritonitis.
He was buried in the London Road Cemetery and a
headstone was erected over his grave. I doubt if
many aboriginal people were living in Reading at
the time and I am trying to find out more about
him and the reasons why he lived in the town.
Your help would be most appreciated.