William Watkins Gunn (1861 - 1935)

William Watkins Gunn
1861 - 1935
updated June 10, 2019
William Watkins Gunn, father to 4 children, was born on December 27, 1861 in Cardigan, VIC Australia. He was born to Donald Gunn and Jane (Surman) Gunn, with siblings Hugh, John, Barbara, Mary, Catherine, and Donald. He married Margaret Balbarrie, and they gave birth to John William Gunn, Violet Helen (Gunn) Wadeson, Jean Margaret (Gunn) Milner, and Edith Mary Gunn. William died on June 24, 1935 in Crossover, VIC Australia at age 73.

The Australasian. Melbourne. 1st August 1891.
MARRIAGES.
GUNN.- BALBARRIE.
On the 24th June, at Kinclune, Bloomfield,
Gippsland, by the Rev. J. R. Steel,
William Watkins, second son of D. Gunn, of
Ballarat, to Margaret Jane, eldest daughter of
the late John Balbarrie, Bloomfield.

The Warragul Guardian. 26th October 1900.
DISTRICT NEWS.
NEERIM SOUTH.
Mr. Gunn, the industrious proprietor of
the saw mills at Crossover, purchased
a 12 h.p. locomotive, for hauling timber
on his tramway from the mill to the station.

( In 1900 there was a request by the Postal Department
for Bloomfield to change its name,
due to there already being a Bloomfield near Creswick, so after March 1st 1910
Bloomfield was known as Nilma.)
Nilma - aboriginal, meaning home of the Gang Gang cockatoo.

GUNN'S Sawmill, Crossover Victoria.
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William Watkins Gunn
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William Gunn was born on in Cardigan, Ballarat City County, VIC Australia 3352
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William Gunn died on in Crossover, Baw Baw Shire County, VIC Australia
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William Gunn was born on in Cardigan, Ballarat City County, VIC Australia 3352
William Gunn died on in Crossover, Baw Baw Shire County, VIC Australia
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Warragul Cemetery, in Warragul, Baw Baw Shire County, VIC Australia 3820
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Parents:

Mar 28, 1832 - Feb 14, 1901
1836 - Feb 14, 1908

Siblings:

1876 - 1879
1860 - 1910
Jun 20, 1870 - Jul 17, 1941
1864 - 1934
Oct 20, 1865 - Dec 29, 1933

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November 1899 - Feb 16, 1900

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William Watkins Gunn, father to 4 children, passed away on June 24, 1935 in Crossover, VIC Australia at age 73. He was buried in Warragul Cemetery, Warragul, VIC Australia. He was born on December 27, 1861 in Cardigan, VIC Australia. He was born to Donald Gunn and Jane (Surman) Gunn, with siblings Hugh, John, Barbara, Mary, Catherine, and Donald. William married Margaret Balbarrie, and they gave birth to John William Gunn, Violet Helen (Gunn) Wadeson, Jean Margaret (Gunn) Milner, and Edith Mary Gunn.
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In 1861, in the year that William Watkins Gunn was born, The Royal Seminary (Sweden) became the first institute of its kind in Sweden to be open to women, allowing women to obtain a teaching degree.

In 1881, by the time he was 20 years old, on November 19th, a meteorite landed a few miles southwest of Odessa, Ukraine. According to one report: "About 7 o'clock one morning a bright and serpentine tail of fire was seen passing over the town by the inhabitants of Odessa, and M. Prendel, editor of one of the Odessa papers, surmising that the phenomenon betokened a fall of meteorites, offered a reward to any person who would bring him one. Three days afterward a gentleman of Grossliebental brought him one which had been found by a peasant who was nearly frightened out of his senses at its fall. It fell beside him while at work in his field and buried itself .55 meters (almost 2 ft) into the ground." The recovered piece was about 17.5 lbs.

In 1918, William was 57 years old when in January, President Wilson presented his Fourteen Points, which assured citizens that World War I was being fought for a moral cause and outlined a plan for postwar peace in Europe. The only leader of the Allies to present such a plan, the Europeans thought Wilson was being too idealistic. The points included free trade, open agreements, democracy and self-determination. They were based on the research and suggestions of 150 advisors.

In 1927, by the time he was 66 years old, in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1935, in the year of William Watkins Gunn's passing, the BOI's name (the Bureau of Investigation) was changed to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and it officially became a separate agency with the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover, the Chief of the BOI, continued in his office and became the first Director of the FBI. The FBI's responsibility is to "detect and prosecute crimes against the United States".

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