William Woodcroft

- from Berkshire to Parramatta -
William Woodcroft was born about 1845, son of Thomas Woodcroft a coachman and
Anna/Hannah . According to later records he was born in Egham which has been located in
both the counties of Surrey and Berkshire.

1851 Census
finds William aged 6 at Shrubs Hill House cottage, Egham with Thomas, a
coachman aged 47 born Hem?? in Bedfordshire, mother Anna aged 48 born Tunbridge in
Kent and siblings Sarah 15, Elizabeth 11, Henry 9 and Alice 3 all born Egham Surrey.

1861 Census: William a footman aged 16 residing at Egham Berkshire with father Thomas
[recorded as William] aged 57 a coachmane born Ampthill Beds, Anna aged 59 and sisters
Sarah aged 25 and Alice aged 14.

First Marriage: At All Saints Church, Paddington Middlesex on 8th January 1867, William
Woodcroft, a solicitors clerk of 48 Star Street [Paddington?] married Harriet Clarke of the
parish of Toniton Devonshire. William's father is recorded as Thomas Woodcroft, coachman
and Harriet's as Thomas Clarke, carpenter. Both William and Harriet were of full age and
had not been married before. Witnesses were Mary Ann Woodcroft and J D Coleridge . All
parties signed their names.

Immigration to Australia: No details of William's and Harriet's arrival in Australia has been
found to date. Research continues.

Appointed a Probationary Police Constable: On 24th June 1874, service number 2418.

Appointed ordinary Constable 1st January 1875

1st May 1875: Constable Woodcroft of Parramatta assists in the rescue of a woman Elizabeth
George who tried to commit suicide at the water-works at North Rocks.

Sydney Morning Herald 17th June 1876: Capture of escaped lunatic

Death of Harriet:
Harriet died Sept 1876 aged 31 [SMH] 1966/1876  WOODCROFT

15th June 1877: Mounted Constable Woodcroft of Parramatta finds body of John Stout.

Second marriage: At St Stephens Church Rookwood on 4th October 1877 William
Woodcroft a widowed constable aged 30 of Parramatta married Elizabeth Frances Bury a 28
year old spinster of Sydney Street. William's parents are recorded as Thomas a farmer! and
'Hannah' [sic]. Witnesses were Thomas Bury and Susan Bury.

Children: No children have been found from either marriage. He may have adopted a child
Norma Henrietta Woodcroft

Sands Directory 1886&1887: William Woodcroft Cowper Street Granville.

Sands Directory 1901 -1916: Wilga Street Burwood.

Railway Department: At some point after 1877 William joined the railway department

1913 Electoral Roll: William, retired, Elizabeth Frances and Norma Henrietta at Wilga
Street Burwood.

Norma Woodcroft married Walter Bamford in 1916. She died in 1917 aged 31 with parents
recorded as William and Isabella. Was she an adopted daughter? Walter Bamford died in
WW1 and a family notice in the newspaper describes him as the son-in-law of William and