William Atkinson ( 1842-1928)- Ireland, Victoria and NZ -Closing the Gaps
William ATKINSON married Sarah ATTWOOD in Southbridge, Canterbury New Zealand in 1872. I am a descendant of his grandchild Albert Charles sometime known as Albert Edward ATKINSON.
William ATKINSON's obituary in 1928 states that William went to Australia at the age of twenty, where for a time he was a member of the Melborne constabulary. There is a William Atkinson aged twenty years, Irish on the sailing of the " Lightning" from Liverpool to Victoria in 1861. Communication with an Atkinson family researcher in Australia indicates that William may have been the son of John ATKINSON and Sarah McCAULEY of Ballykelly in Ireland and grandson of Marmadule and Mary ATKINSON. Marmadule ATKINSON was a Solicitor in Londonderry, Ireland. There is much annocdotal evidence to support this assumption.
If this assumption is correct then William ATKINSON farmed at Magherafelt in Ireland in 1860( ref: Griffiths Register), went to Australia in 1861, was in the Melbourne Constabulary and got married in New Zealand in 1872. His application to marry states that he had been in the Southbridge area for a period of four months. There were other ATKINSON's in Southbridge when William and Sarah lived there - Thomas and Annie ATKINSON and a Joseph ATKINSON who was a sponsor of one of Thomas and Annie's children.
Can anyone assist in closing the gaps?
Is there a record of the Melbourne Constabulary in the 1860- 1872 period?
To date have not been able to establish when William came to New Zealand.
Who are the other Atkinsons in Southbridge, Canterbury, New Zealand?