William Marks was born 21 September 1841 in Markdale, Crooked Corner, New South Wales, Australia to William Marks (c1803-1861) and Ann Lamb (1816-1894) and died 10 August 1927 Charleville, Queensland, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Louise Frazer (1844-1923) 26 August 1861 in Laggan, New South Wales, Australia.
William was born at Markdale. He worked on this property later in his life as a farmer.
He moved with his family from New South Wales to Queensland in 1878. With his wife and 7 children he left by bullock wagon with a number of horses and cattle, staying a while on 2 different land options with a view to making a permanent settlement. Deciding to move on to Queensland he initially resided in Dalby for a period before moving to Charleville where he resided until his death.
He acquired a good deal of property in the town of Charleville. He built a hotel in 1888 and several shops in the main street which were all destroyed by fire and which were not rebuilt. He turned his interests to saw milling. The family was well known and respected. Always he took a great interest in the town and its progress.
One of Charleville's oldest identities, Mr. William Marks, passed away at the home of his daughter, Míss Louise Marks Alfred-street, Charleville, at 1 o'clock yesterday. The late Mr. Marks arrived in Charleville 50 years ago. He built an hotel and three shops in Alfred street, and also the first sawmill in Charleville. He is survived by six daughters—Mrs. H. J. Carter, Mrs. G. J. Green, and Miss Louise Marks (Charleville), Mrs. R. T. Reid (Tewantin), Mrs. R. T. Savage (Sandgate), and Mrs. C. McLeod (Spring Hill, Brisbane), and four son—Messrs. W. A. Marks and E. J. Marks (Charleville), C. R. Marks (Murgon) and V. C. Marks (Brisbane).