William (Bill) Richard Vella

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William (Bill) Richard Vella

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Paremata, New Zealand
Death: Died in Waipukurau, New Zealand
Cause of death: Old age- brought on by a tractor accident
Immediate Family:

Son of Marijan Marino Vella and Mary Ida Vella (Furse)
Husband of Matilda Vella (Skinner)
Father of Andrew Anthony Vella; William John Marino Mathias Vella; Joseph Bernard Vella; Paul Phillip Vella; Ida Marie Amelia Pearson and 1 other
Brother of Andrew Vella; Joseph Vella and Ida Vella
Half brother of Mattea (Metty) Elena Vella; Giovanno (Jack) Vella; Antonia (Annie) Tait (Vella) and Mariano Vella Jr.

Occupation: 1915-1917 world sheep shearing champion, Farmer
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About William (Bill) Richard Vella

He was a very good farmer. When he married he took up land at Matamau. His wife bought the neighbouring farm. Later they purchased a farm at Mangorapa.

Before this, however, he joined shearing gangs that travelled throughout new Zealand and Australia. He became a Shearing Contractor himself, putting together the money he needed to get married to Matilda Skinner.

He was a 'gun' shearer and world champion for a couple of years during World War One.

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William (Bill) Richard Vella's Timeline

1886
February 12, 1886
Paremata, New Zealand

According to family, oral history, William was born before his parents married.
These facts were discovered when William needed his birth certificate to get married. He was mortified by the facts and never forgave his family.

1916
October 20, 1916
Age 30
New Zealand
1920
December 25, 1920
Age 34
New Zealand
1923
January 6, 1923
Age 36
New Zealand
1924
September 13, 1924
Age 38
Dannevirke, Manawatu-wanganui, New Zealand
1926
May 28, 1926
Age 40
Dannevirke, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
1929
April 5, 1929
Age 43
Dannevirke, New Zealand
1971
April 15, 1971
Age 85
Waipukurau, New Zealand
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