William Cornish was born circa 1857 in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia to Samuel Cornish (-1868) and Ann Allen (c1821-1875) and died 28 July 1935 Seventh-avenue Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Emily Foskett (c1856-1945) 26 June 1878 Congregational Church in Waterloo, New South Wales, Australia.


Offspring of William Cornish and Emily Foskett (c1856-1945)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elsie Emily Cornish (1879-1956)
William Foskett Cornish (1880-c1881)
Herbert William Cornish (1882-c1943)
Horace John Cornish (c1888-c1969)
Cecil Samuel Cornish (c1890-c1957)
Beatrice Isabel Cornish (c1892-1893)
William Stephen Henry Cornish (c1894-1974)
Beatrice May Cornish (c1899-1981)



Mr. William Cornish, a former senior inspector of Public schools, died at Hurstville yesterday, in his 79th year. A native of Balmain, he was educated at the Birchgrove School, Balmain. He joined the teaching staff of the Education Department in January, 1873, as a pupil teacher at Fort-street School. Subsequently he taught at Richmond (1877), Glen innes( 1877), Tamworth (1879), Woolloomooloo (1881), Burwood (1882), Waterloo (1887), and Glebe schools (1890). He was appointed an inspector of schools in 1900, succeeding Mr. Peter Board at Lismore. After five years he was transferred to Bowral for six years. He was then made a senior inspector at Maitland, and after four years he became senior inspector in Sydney. After 13 months' leave his service with the department terminated on January 31, 1923, 50 years after he had joined.

Mr. Cornish was one of the founders of the Balmain Electorate Cricket Club.

He is survived by Mrs. Cornish, four sons, Messrs. Herbert, Horace, Cecil, and William Cornish, and two daughters, Mrs. T. George and Mrs. A. H. Robinson. The funeral will take place at Rookwood Cemetery this afternoon.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 July 1935, page 6

Footnotes (including sources)

₪ Wedding
CORNISH—FOSKETT.—June 26, 1878, at the Congregational Church, Waterloo, by the Rev. Josiah Kimberly, William, the only son of the late Samuel Cornish, of Balmain, to Emily, youngest daughter of Stephen John Foskett, of Alexandria. Present address, Lismore.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 June 1903, page 4
¶ Death
  • CORNISH.—July 28, 1935, at his residence Seventh-avenue, Hurstville, William Cornish (late ex-Inspector of Schools), beloved husband of Emily Cornish and loving father of Elsie, Herbert, Horace, Cecil, William and Beatrice, aged 78 years.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 July 1935, page 8