ROCHE William

Name William ROCHE
Country Of Origin
Born Approx. 1873
Died 1929
Birth/ Baptism Born approx. 1873
Apprenticeship John M Procter, Launceston (six years)
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller
Work Locations Launceston, Penghana, Queenstown, Franklin
Street Address
Orr Street, Queenstown (opposite National Bank)
Other Pre-1896: Worked in his trade in Melbourne and Ballarat, Victoria.

November 1896: At Penghana on the west coast near Queenstown, advertised watchmaker and jewellery services, musical instrument repairs, and agent for Beattie’s Photographs Views of Mount Lyell Mines and Tasmanian scenery.

Approx. 1898-February 1899: Employer, Richard Matthews, watchmaker and jeweller, Queenstown.
February 1899: Own business, Orr Street, Queenstown.

By approx. mid-late 1900: At Franklin, a small town in the Huon Valley, southeast Tasmania where he initially worked in his trade and then as an orchardist.

25 April 1916: Enlisted in World War 1, 49th Battalion, Australian Air Force. Served overseas and suffered from trench fever, severe sciatica, and mumps.
September 1919: Discharged, medically unfit.

William’s next of kin recorded on his war record was Eva Ellen Morton of Devonport, his cousin, and wife of Arthur George Morton, watchmaker.

Death 7 July 1929, Hobart
Tasmania Post Office Directory 1901.
Web: National Archives of Australia, Series B2455, Service No. 1667.
Mt Lyell Standard & Strahan Gazette 28 November 1896, 12 December 1896, 21 February 1899, 21 March 1900; Zeehan & Dundas Herald 15 February 1899; Huon Times (Franklin) 9 July 1929.