The Willis family
Robert Willis was a member of the first class to graduate from the BA course at Sydney University, in 1856. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1865, and ministered at Shoalhaven, where he met his future wife, Julia MacKenzie, who is commemorated by a memorial in St Matthew’s Church. He was minister there 1876-1894, and was a significant landowner in the Manly and Manly Vale area.
Thomas Willis was a shipping agent and insurance agent, with offices in Pitt Street, Sydney, and was one of the signatories to the 1876 petition which successfully lobbied for the establishment of Manly as a municipality.
It’s good to see such well researched family history being made available.