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William Orr

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: February 03, 1881 (73)
Rockhampton, Queensland
Place of Burial: Rockhampton, Queensland
Immediate Family:

Son of James Orr and Jean Galt
Husband of Private
Father of William Orr; Janet (Jessie) Orr; Margaret Orr; Juliana Orr; George Henry Hunter Orr and 4 others

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About William Orr

The ORR family arrived in South Australia on the ship "Gloucester", on the 13th August, 1852.

From Passenger list:-

Orr William 44 Farm Bailiff (B-INDEX---1222/1) Born Monmoth.(Birthplace incorrect)

Jane 39

Margaret 17 with parents

Jane 15 with parents

James 13

Janet 12

Thomas 9

William 9

John 7

Julianne 1

They stayed in S.A. for 6 months, before moving to Victoria. (This is from the death cert.of Jeannie). Some of the family moved to Rockhampton,Queensland.


From...."The Develop. of Rock'ton and District by A.E. Hermann Page 327:


         Among those who took up land bordering on the southern bank of the  Fitzroy River, and extending in the direction of the Agricultural reserve were Mr. and Mrs. William Orr. These fine colonists had emigrated from Ayrshire, Scotland, to Victoria in the early fifties possibly attracted by the marvellous tales of rapid fortunes made on the Victorian and New South Wales goldfields. 
        Quite early in the history of Rockhampton district the Orr family arrived and purchased a considerable area which they named Laurel Bank, they built a nice house on the river bank about 12 miles from town, fenced the property in and started farming operations.
        It was in 1867 that Laurel Bank was sold or leased by Berkleman and Lambert.  Mr.Orr having secured land to the north of the Reserve beyond Deep Creek. This fine stretch of good country he named Ayrshire Park. Here the Orr family resided many years till the father died at an advanced age, and the widow went to Melbourne to live and remained there till her death at over 90years of age.  
       Mr John Orr, one of the sons, remained at Ayrshire Park for a considerable time, but later went back to Laurel Bank where he died.  Mr. John Orr was a valued member of the Gogango Divisional Board for many years, but in later years gave the position up probably from failing health.
       Another brother, William Orr, went to Broken Hill in the early days of that wonderful mining centre, and was reported to have amassed a considerable fortune, later settling in Melbourne. No doubt it was with him that his mother spent her declining years.
      One of the daughters married Mr.J.R.McWilliam, an early Rockhampton merchant, and they were the parents of Mr. Tom McWilliam and Mr. Russel McWilliam, so long associated with sport and business life in Rockhampton and Brisbane.
      All the young Scotsmen of Alton Downs and others used to visit the Orrs to get the old gentleman to tell them of remarkable events.


Obituary "Morning Bulletin", Rockhampton.


A wide circle of friends in this district,and,we are afraid, a now somewhat limited one in Scotland, will learn with deep regret, of the death of Mr.William Orr, of Ayrshire Park, in this neighbourhood.

For sometime past, Mr. Orr has been in feeble health,and yesterday he calmly breathed his last.

The deceased gentleman was born in Harperland, Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland, of which farm his father was tenant.

When he reached maturity, Mr.Orr followed the occupation of his progenitors, and held several farms on the Eglinton Estate. He was of an active and enterprising temperament, and early took a leading position among the farmers of Cunningham.

He entered and became Sergeant in the troop of Ayrshire Yeomanry Cavalry, of which Sir Charles Lamb was Captain. In ploughing matches, cattle shows, curling, &c., he took a great interest, and was thus brought in contact with Archibald William Montgomerie, 13th.Earl of Eglinton, who was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, has left an imperishable name in the Green Isle. He had a great regard to Mr.Orr, and at his lordship's request he acted as herald at the memorable Eglinton Tournament in 1839, and sustained his part well in the grand medieval display. His last holding in the old country was Bourtree-hill in the Parish of Irvine.

   Mr. Orr came to Australia upwards of 30 years ago. He landed in Victoria and after experiencing the vicissitudes of colonial life he settled down at Laurel Bank on the Fitzroy about 12 miles to the north of Rockhampton.This company he sold to Messrs. Whitehead's Meat Preserving Company, who have erected works on it. He then acquired a large selection of land in the same locality, and called it Ayrshire Park. Mr. Orr was an excellent agriculturalist. His dairy stock was always of the best description, and his farm has long been faimed for its dairy produce. His early training in Cunningham enabled him to maintain even in a foreign land, and under adverse circumstances, the fame of his native district for "butter and cheese". In all agricultural affairs he took a lively interest, and was a prominent office -bearer for many years of the Gracemere Agricultural and Pastoral Society. By his friends in this connection, his death will be generally regretted. Mr. Orr has a large family, who are grown up and nearly all engaged in business in the adjoining colonies.

Mrs. Orr survives her husband. Mr. Thomas Orr has recently taken the principal part in the management of Ayrshire Park

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William Orr's Timeline

April 20, 1807
Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
April 23, 1807
Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland
October 27, 1834
Age 27
September 15, 1836
Age 29
December 15, 1838
Age 31
March 21, 1841
Age 33
Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
February 13, 1842
Age 34
Irvine, North Ayrshire, United Kingdom
February 13, 1843
Age 35
March 29, 1845
Age 37