William Garrick Wilson

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William Garrick Wilson
(1865–1933, Sydney)
Parents: William Wilson
    b. 1839 Perth, Scotland; d. 1914 Sydney, Australia
Mary Wilson (née McHarg)
    1843–1925, Scotland and Australia
Siblings: Mary 'Maimie' Agnes Wilson
    11 May 1868 – 6 October 1957
Jessie Susan Wilson
    16 August 1876 – 1889
Margaret Rae Wilson
    17 July 1880 – 12 January 1959
William Garrick Wilson
    1865–1933, Sydney
Andrew Oswald Wilson
    1866-08-16 – 1950-06-19
Robert 'Bob' Crichton Wilson
James Herbert Wilson
Charles William McHarg Wilson
Agnes Hay Wilson
Partners: Catherine 'Katie' Lambert Wilson (née Leitch)
Children: William Garrick Wilson (jnr)
Alexander Macleod Wilson
Keywords: H.M. Wilson Archives
Permalink: archives.org.au/WGW
Wikitree: Wilson-85057
FamilySearch: 97VT-Q2S

The West Australian, 29 April 1898:[1]

The following description of a wedding which lately took place in Melbourne will be of interest to the many friends which Mr. Wilson (Perth manager for Messrs. McBean, Bowker, and Co.) has made during his sojourn in Perth : A very pretty wedding took place on Tuesday, the 19th inst., at Royal Park, the contracting parties being Mr. Garrick Wilson, of Perth, Western Australia, eldest son of Mr. William Wilson, of Brunswick, and Katie Lambert Leitch, eldest daughter of Mr. Alexander Leitch. The ceremony was celebrated at Gowan Lea, the residence of the bride's parents, which had been tastefully decorated for the occasion. in the drawing-room especially, where the marriage took place, the floral hangings leading up to an altar, from which hung a wedding-bell with their initials on either side, were very fine. The Rev. Thos. Tait officiated. Mr. A. Oswald Wilson acted as best man, and Mr. R. Crighton Wilson as assistant. The bride wore a handsome gown of irony silk, with train of the same material, bodice and sleeves of gathered chiffon, and sprays of orange blossom ; round the waist a sash of cream chiffon, with blossom spray at bottom. A veil of Brussels net and sprays of orange blossoms on the hair. The bridegroom's present to the bride was a diamond and sapphire ring, and bride to bridegroom gold monogram links. The bridesmaids, Miss Isabel Leitch, the Misses Mamie and Jessie Wilson, and Miss Katie Mcivor, wore charming dresses of pale blue surah silk, trimmed with chiffon of same shade; long sashes of chiffon, and large black velvet hats with plumes, and rosettes of pale blue satin. They carried magnificent shower bouquets of pale yellow flowers and autumn leaves, with streamers of ribbon to match, and wore gold bangles, the gift of the bridegroom. At the wedding breakfast the usual toasts were proposed. On the departure for Mornington, where the the honeymoon was to be spent, Mrs. W. G. Wilson wore a green cloth coat and skirt, with vest of cream chiffon, black velvet hat with crown of antique satin and plumes. The presents were exceedingly numerous and well chosen, the principal being as follows: Father of bride, upright grand Schwechten piano ; mother of bride, house linen ; Miss J". Leitch, silver salver and gong ; Mr. W. Leitch, cheque; father and mother of bridegroom, Doulton dinner service; Mr. Andrew Wilson, gold watch and music cabinet ; Mrs. Adam, afternoon tea spoons ; Miss Adam, sideboard runner; Mr. J. H. Wilson, cheque ; Mr. and Mrs. A. Thompson, silver fruit service and fancy work; Hon. Robert and Mrs. Reid, silver tea kettle ; Mr. and Mrs. McKay, family Bible ; Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Wilson, cutlery ; Miss Mamie Wilson, silver teapot; Messrs. W. and F. Wilson, lamp ; Mrs. R. G. Wilson, jun., cushion ; Mr. and Mrs. Hay (Bendigo), plated dish covers; Misses Hay, purse; Mr. and Mrs. W. Adam, silver cake basket ; Miss MacAdam, sachet and photo ; Mr. Pettigrew, carvers ; Mr. R. C. Wilson, field glasses and silver inkstand; Mr. C. M. Wilson, handsome chair; Mr. and Mrs. W. Taylor, silver candlestick; Mr. and Mrs. Burrell and daughters, afternoon tea stand ; Mrs. and Miss Stenhouse, plaque and pin cushion ; Mr. and Mrs. N. McDonald, silver serviette rings ; Mr. and Mrs. Mcivor, tea and coffee service ; Miss Mcivor, hand-painted jardiniere ; Master Gordon Mcivor, photo and frame ; Miss Wilson, lamp shade; Miss J. Wilson, fascinator; Miss Muriel Mcivor, photo and frame; managers West Perth Presbyterian Church, oak and silver salad bowl; Mrs. and Miss Johnston, purse; Misses Eckersall and Rule, photo frame; Mrs. Moreton, oil painting ; Mr. Plante, afternoon tea cups ; Miss Plante, fancy work ; Miss A. Plante, panel ; Miss Aggie Wilson, lace D'Oyleys ; Miss Maggie Wilson, jam spoons; Mrs. L. Leitch (Castlemaine) quilt; Miss B. Leitch (Castlemaine) drawn thread work; Mr. and Mrs. Tough, silver fruit dish ; Mrs. Bickerton, silver spoon; Miss McMillan, photo frame; Mr. McDougall, cheque; Mr. and Mrs. Rae, toast rack ; Mr. and Mrs. Forster, carvers ; Master Cameron Forster, photo, and frame ; Mrs. Cree, bread platter and knife; Mr. Bryan, hot water kettle; Mrs. Bryan, coal scuttle ; Misses McPhail, silver entrée dish; Miss Daisy Forster, basket of scent; Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Geelong), jam spoons ; Misses Smith (Geelong), bread fork; member of Y.W.F.A., egg cruet and fork; Mrs. Thompson (Hamilton), card tray; Mrs. Heller, silver butter dish ; Mrs. and Miss Moreton, silver sugar basket; Misses Campbell, hand-painted sachet ; Misses Swan, pin cushion ; Mr. M. L. Hutchinson, book; Mr. and Mrs. McBean (Perth), cheque ; employees of McBean. Bowker and Co. (Perth), handsome marble clock ; Mr. Wood, album with local views (Brunswick ; Messrs. D. and W. Melville, photo, frames ; Miss McKenzie, silver egg cruet ; Mrs. Hogg, salad bowl; Mrs. Hannay, scent ; Rev. Thomas Tait, music case ; Mr. F. T. Hickford, shaving glass 2 and others. Some of the costumes worn were very handsome. The mother of the bride wore a rich brocade, trimmed with jet and chiffon, and a black bonnet with yellow roses. Mrs. W Wilson wore a black silk Bengaline trimmed with jet chiffon, block and green velvet toque with black plumes.

"William Garrick, born 18th January 1865, died 18 Oct. 1933, or coronary artery thrombosis, aged 68 years. Wife Catherine (Katie), sons Alec and Garrick."[2]

Three telegrams were sent to his brother Charles the day after Garrick died:[3]

  1. From Jessie & John Livingston (Perth) to Canturbury, Victoria: "Deeply grieved sad news we send our sincere sympathy."
  2. From W. Henderson (West Perth) Canterbury: "Sincerest sympathy to all in your sad bereavement."
  3. From Andrew (Sydney) to Sherbrook, Victoria: "Regret send you sad news, brother Garrick passed away this morning, eleven, suddenly heart failure. Rick will advise you date funeral. Love Andrew."

Sydney Morning Herald, 19 October 1933:[4]


Mr. William Garrick Wilson, of Park Lane Mansions, Rushcutter Bay, who died suddenly yesterday from heart failure at the age of 68 years, was connected with the business life of Sydney for many years. For more than 20 years he occupied the position of managing director of the American Trading Company, from which he retired a few years ago. He took a deep interest in the educational work of the Presbyterian Church, and at the time of his death was a member of the council of the Presbyterian Ladies' College, Croydon. Mr. Wilson is survived by Mrs. Wilson and by two sons—Messrs. Alick Wilson and Garrick Wilson.


  1. SOCIAL NOTES. (1898, April 29). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved June 10, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3204406
  2. William Wilson's family (1839 to 2-5-1914)
  3. Wilson newspaper clippings, Wilson_book_p032.jpg
  4. MR. W. G. WILSON. (1933, October 19). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 16. Retrieved June 10, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17016802