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William Wilmot Wheatland (1832 - 1904)

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William Wilmot Wheatland
1832 - 1904
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1832
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1904
Geelong, Australia
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Geelong, Australia
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William Wilmot Wheatland was born in 1832. He is the child of Wheatland Steph Wheatland and Frances Spencer Wilmot Wheatland. He died in 1904 in Geelong, Australia at 72 years old.
Updated: September 2, 2013
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William Wilmot Wheatland died in 1904 in Geelong, Australia at age 72. He was born in 1832. He is the child of Wheatland Steph Wheatland and Frances Spencer Wilmot Wheatland.
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In 1832, in the year that William Wilmot Wheatland was born, by February 12th, a cholera epidemic in London claimed at least 3,000 lives - it eventually killed 6,536. The epidemic spread to France and North America later in the year. Cholera is spread through contaminated food and water but at the time, it was thought to be spread by a "miasmaā€¯ - a bad smell - in the air.

In 1866, when he was 34 years old, on May 10th, the "banker's bank" - London bank Overend, Gurney and Company - collapsed, beginning the Panic of 1866. Unemployment went up to 8% and wages went down. Only about 16% of joint-stock companies - a company whose stock is owned jointly by the shareholders - weathered the Panic.

In 1871, William was 39 years old when on July 20th, British Columbia became the 6th province of Canada. While Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia, Victoria was chosen as the capital..

In 1894, William was 62 years old when large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1904, in the year of William Wilmot Wheatland's passing, the United States acquired the Panama Canal Zone. Now an unincorporated territory of the U.S., the Canal Zone had been previously held by the French, who were constructing a canal. The U.S. took over the construction of the Panama Canal and it was finally finished in 1914, when it was opened to commercial shipping. The United States held the Canal Zone until 1979.

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