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William John Moorhead arrived in Australia in September 1864. His immigration was sponsored by his brother Thomas Moorhead who was a sawmill owner at Eden. William probably lived in Eden for a time, later living in the Numbugga district before purchasing a dairy farm near Wolumla probably in the late 1870s. In a letter to his half-sister in 1881 he states that “thru much endeavour we now have 85 dairy cattle at Wolumla…”

William purchased his deceased uncle’s property at Frogs Hollow near Bega. The property was called ‘Moorlands’. By 1895 he was a registered NSW grazier at the property ‘Wanatta’. Why did he call his property ‘Wanatta’?  It seems likely that he named it after the name of the ship he came out to Australia in 1864! The ship was called the ‘Wanatta‘.

William went on to become a notable local being elected the first President of Imlay Shire. Unfortunately, on 10 March 1915 he was found dead on the roadside near the foot of Jigamy Hill between Eden and Pambula. He had a fractured skull and his neck was broken. It is thought that his horse bolted for some reason and he fell hitting his head.

Source: Research by William John Moorhead’s descendent Marjorie McGovern.

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