Name William GARDINER
Country Of Origin England
Born 1851
Died 1934
Birth/ Baptism Born approx. 1851, Euston, London, England
Parents unknown
Apprenticeship London, England
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller, Optician, Electro-Plater, Gilder
Work Locations Launceston
Street Address
40 St John Street, Launceston
74 Brisbane Street, Launceston
45 George Street, Launceston
133 Brisbane Street, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse Agnes Winifred White (d. 1921, Victoria).

Approx. 1921-1922, to Alma Leslie.

Arrival 20 November 1889, Victoria, Australia, on the steamship, Hubbuck from London.
(W Gardiner and Agnes Gardiner, contracted to land in Launceston).
Other Other skills: Musician, Art Connoisseur.

By approx. 1890: Commenced business at 40 St John Street, Launceston.
The Daily Telegraph of 3 December 1891 extensively praised William Gardiner’s watchmaking and jewellery establishment. After only 18 months in business, improvements to the premises included: angled mirrors in the shop window to maximise view; a large blackwood and plate glass cabinet (over 12ft in length and 8ft high) manufactured by local business, Messrs. J and T Gunn; chandelier lighting with silver plated albo-carbon lights; extensive plant and equipment including lathes, mills, vices, draw bench, stamping press, and furnace. A glass verandah, a feature new to Launceston, gave the premises more comfortable temperatures and improved lighting.

1895: William contributed to the loan collection in the Launceston Art Gallery. His painting was named ‘A Harvest Scene’ by Mr Gladstone Eyre, and the locality represented was Quamby Bluff near Hagley.

Approx. 1896: The Direct Importing Company purchased his business. William remained manager.
By 1897: Relocated to 74 Brisbane Street, Launceston.

August 1897: Requested permission from the Council to erect a new illuminated clock on the exterior of his premises, including free lighting.

From 1897: Foundation member of the Watchmakers and Jewellers’ Association, with clock and watchmakers Frederick Stewart, Foster Coulson, Frederick Vaughan, and James Kerr.

1899: Newspapers reported a human jawbone was found at the back of his premises.
1900: William pursued a suspected burglar through the streets, dressed in his pyjamas.

1913: William Gardiner, Brisbane Street, advertised he would not be responsible for any debts incurred in his name by his wife or other people. A court case followed where Winifred Gardiner claimed maintenance because her husband left her without any means of support. The verdict was in Winifred’s favour, and the court ordered William to pay his wife 30 shillings a week.

By 1916: Relocated the business to 45 George Street.
On retirement: Employer of about 38 years, William Beaumont, managed the business.

October 1939: A street clock, reported as the last in Brisbane Street, was removed when refurbishment occurred at the Princess Theatre. It was most likely the clock William Gardiner had installed on the exterior of his business premises.

Death 15 August 1934, at his residence, 47 George Street, Launceston
Tasmania Post Office Directory 1890-1894, 1901.
TAHO: AD960/1/58 Will 20297/ 1934.
Web: Ancestry: Victoria, Australia, Assisted & Unassisted Passengers Lists 1889; Australia Death Index 1921; Australia Electoral Roll 1922.
Daily Telegraph 9 September 1890, 3 December 1891, 16 October 1893, 29 January 1894, 4 October 1894, 7 May 1895, 29 March 1897; Tasmanian Democrat 17 April 1896; Tasmanian News 17 April 1899; The Examiner (Launceston) 9 September 1890, 9 December 1911, 31 May 1913, 16 June 1913, 28 April 1921, 17 August 1934, 20 October 1939; The Mercury (Hobart) 17 August 1934; Zeehan & Dundas Herald 5 October 1900.