William Dormer Delaney

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William Dormer Delaney

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: December 05, 1907 (56)
Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Wellington, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of John Dormer Delaney and Eleanor Delaney
Husband of Mary Delaney
Father of William John Delaney; Walter Dormer Delaney; Walter Dormer Delaney, II; Annie Gerken and Missing Information Delaney
Brother of John Delaney; Mary Eleanor Harrison; Ana Maria Marsh; Micheal Walter Delaney; Margaret Delaney and 2 others

Occupation: Soldier, Sailmaker-Gold Miner
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About William Dormer Delaney

Born on 9 July1851 he spent some time with the family in Golden Square (Bendigo) after sailing to Melbourne aboard “Madras” 1853/4. William Dormer served in 9 Company and 1st Division Armed Constabulary in Naseby, Otago, TeRanga and Opotiki. He joined up in Drury after travelling from Melbourne in the “Swiftsure” in 1864. There is a newspaper report by William's sister Mary Eleanor Harrison which tells of his actions in virtually saving the township of Opotoki from a Maori Hau Hau attack. He was a great runner and it is believed he used to race the stagecoach from Ranfurly to Naseby for a glass of beer and later became alcoholic. His brother wrote that he was one time long distance champion of NZ. He spent the last 4 years of his life at the Mother Mary Joseph Aubert's Home in Buckle St, Wellington, and died at age 57 with a full military funeral organised by brother Michael and Colonel Beauchamp at 10.45 am Friday, December 6, 1907. William spent time in Naseby and Alexandria where he lost his medal- he applied for a new one in 1900 so he could attend a dinner for veterans. By that time he had moved back to Eketahuna. Although listed as a sailmaker he probably would have been making or repairing tents for the miners. It appears that in 1937 Wellington Council disinterred William’s remains to enable a man called Dorrigo to be buried and so William remains in a gap behind the Dorrigo headstone. William received Lot 378 Sect.2 Opotiki and Lot 18 Simpson's No.8 Block Waimana No.1as his grant for Waikato service.

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William Dormer Delaney's Timeline

1851
July 9, 1851
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
July 20, 1851
Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1884
February 13, 1884
Age 32
New Zealand
1885
July 1885
Age 33
New Zealand
1888
1888
Age 36
New Zealand
1890
1890
Age 38
New Zealand
1891
1891
Age 39
New Zealand
1907
December 5, 1907
Age 56
Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand
December 6, 1907
Age 56
Wellington, New Zealand