William Forlonge was born 1811 in Scotland, United Kingdom to John Forlonge (1782-1834) and Eliza Jack (1785-1859) and died 15 September 1890 Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia of bronchitis. He married Marion Templeton (c1818-c1880) 13 May 1837 in Roseneath Cottage, Parramatta, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. He married Elizabeth Mary Nolan (1845-1919) May 1889 in Eschol Park, New South Wales, Australia.
William and his mother, Eliza Forlonge, were pioneers of Australia's merino industry, importing sheep from Saxony first to Tasmania at Kenilworth near Campbell Town in 1829, then at Euroa, Seven Creeks, Victoria. William's father John had been, according to relative Nancy Adams in her book Family Fresco, "the linch-pin of the enterprise" until his death.
William had an eventful life in Australia, being bankrupted twice and a member of a State Parliament three times.
The special licence was probably because they were first cousins.
Sydney Gazette and NSW Advertiser (NSW:1803-1842) Thurs 15 June 1837 Page 3 http:trove.nla.gov.au - "By special licence on the 13th last at Roseneath Cottage Parramatta, by the Rev John McGarvie, A.M., William Forlong Esq of Kennelworth Van Dieman's Land to Marion, third daughter of the late Andrew Templeton, Esq., banker, Glasgow."
https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/36859025 reproduces article from The Australian of Friday 16 June:
By Special Licence, on the 13th instant, at Rosemeath Cottage, Parramatta, by the Rev. John M'Garvie, A.M., William For- long, Esq., of Kenilworth, Van Diemen's Land, to Marion, third daughter of the late Andrew Templeton, Esq., Banker, Glasgow.
Stay in England
He stood in an English parliamentary byelection in 1860 but failed. He returned to Australia, leaving wife and family to be recorded in the 1861 census (transcribed by FamilySearch):
Role Sex Age Birthplace
Marion Furlonge Head Female 41 Scotland
Eliza Christina Furlonge Daughter Female 22 Australia Bs
Marion Jane Furlonge Daughter Female 19 Australia British Subject
Alice Maude Furlonge Daughter Female 17 Australia British Subject
Florence Furlonge Daughter Female 15 Australia British Subject
Charles Henry Furlonge Son Male 11 Australia British Subject
Edith Furlonge Daughter Female 9 Australia British Subject
Reginald Furlonge Son Male 6 Petworth, Sussex
William Percy Furlonge Son Male 4 Brighton, Sussex
Constance Eugine Furlonge Daughter Female 1 London,
Leopoldina Schlender Female 41
Matilda Hayle Servant Female 46 Jamaica
Mary Price Servant Female 24 Tiverton, Devonshire
William Hollyoak Servant Male 35 Leamington, Warwickshire
Mary Eales Servant Female 33 London Marylebone,
Ann Bangham Servant Female 25 Bloxham, Oxfordshire
Mary Humphreys Servant Female 46 Adderbury, Oxfordshire
Harriet Healey Servant Female 18 North Wales
William Ashby Servant Male 37 Watford, Hertfordshire
His failure was reported in British newspapers, such as Liverpool Daily Post on 12 and 13 September and Staffordshire Sentinel and Commercial & General Advertiser on 14 September. "Advices from Australia announces the failure of Mr William Forlonge, a sqatter in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. His liabilities were estimated to reach the large sum of £283,000, including, it is stated, £66,000 to the bank of Australia."
Reginald's birth from Morning Post (London) on 20 March 1854:
- FORLONG.---On the 16th inst., at Burton-park, Petworth, Sussex, the wife of William Forlong, Esq., of a son.
The birth of one child (not listed above) was reported thus in the Brighton Gazette of 15 May 1856:
- On the 3rd May, at Brighton, the wife of William Forlonge, Esq., M.L.C., Victoria, Australia, of a son." - http://search.findmypast.co.uk/bna/viewarticle?id=bl%2f0000938%2f18560515%2f107
Constance's birth was recorded thus in the Evening Mail of 20 April 1859:
- On the 15th inst., at 7, Glocester-square[sic], Hyde-park, the wife of William Forlonge, Esq., of a daughter.
More believable place name in the Morning Post of 21 April 1859:
- FORLONGE.—On the 15th inst., at 7, Gloucester-square, Hyde-park, the wife of William Forlonge, Esq., of a daughter.
Eliza Christina's wedding was reported thus by the Morning Post of 9 August 1861:
- POOLE--FORLONGE.--On the 6th instant, at St. James's, Paddington, by the Rev. Charles Ward, Rector of Maulden, Reginald Stuart Poole, Esq., of the British Museum, to Eliza Christina, eldest daughter of William Forlonge, Esq., of Melbourne, Victoria.
Marion's wedding was reported thus by the Edinburgh Evening Courant of 14 June 1862:
- Married, at St Peter's Church, Melbourne, on the 12th April, Arthur Cecil Cope Jenkinson, second son of the late Richard Samuel Guinness, Esq., M.P., barrister, of Black Rock, County Dublin, to Marion Jane, daughter of William Forlonge, Esq., of Euora[sic]. -
Florence's wedding to a presumed relative was reported in more than one newspaper, e.g. Dundee Courier 28 September 1867, p4:
- At St Paul's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, on the 26th instant, by the Rev. James Montgomery, William J. Forlong, Captain Bengal Army, to Florence, daughter of William Forlonge, Esq., Melbourne, Australia.—No cards.
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