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 owned Black Spring in 1872 near Binda, New South Wales. Later he owned Markdale in 1877 in Bigga, New South Wales. He sold 600 acres of the property retaining 40 acres for his mother Ann.

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.


Offspring of William Marks and Elizabeth Louise Frazer (1844-1923)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Louise Marks (1862-1935) 20 October 1862 Binda, New South Wales, Australia 18 October 1935 Charleville, Queensland, Australia
Emma Jane Marks (1864-1959)
Margaret Ann Marks (1866-1947)
William Alexander Marks (1868-1953)
Elijah James Marks (1870-1941) 1870 Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia 18 September 1941 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Maud Mary Spreadborough (1880-1965)
Victor Clarence Marks (1872-1963) 12 December 1872 Carcoar, New South Wales, Australia 4 February 1965 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Catherine Alice Wallis (1873-1950)
May Honor Marks (1876-1954)
Charles Richard Marks (1879-1971) 29 October 1879 Queensland, Australia 30 December 1971 Queensland, Australia Elizabeth May Spreadborough (1884-1971)
Maud Lydia Marks (1882-1949) 3 January 1882 Queensland, Australia 22 May 1949 Sandgate, Queensland, Australia Richard Thompson Savage (1875-1952)
Millicent Patience Marks (1884-1929) 25 March 1884 Charleville, Queensland, Australia 25 November 1929 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Charles Watters McLeod (1884-1971)


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).

, 11 August 1927, page 14

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