William (Bill) Richard Vella

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William (Bill) Richard Vella

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Paremata, New Zealand
Death: April 15, 1971 (85)
Waipukurau, New Zealand (Old age- brought on by a tractor accident)
Immediate Family:

Son of Marijan Marino Vella and Mary Ida Vella (Furze)
Husband of Matilda Vella (Skinner)
Father of William John Marino Mathias Vella; Joseph Bernard Vella; Paul Phillip Vella; Andrew Anthony Vella; Ida Marie Amelia Pearson and 1 other
Brother of Andrew Vella; Joseph Vella and Ida Mary 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

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.

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