William Rattray is buried in the Ballaarat New Cemetery.
Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Post 1854 Experiences
- IN MEMORIAM. RATTRAY. — In fond and loving memory of our dear father, William Rattray, who departed this life 23rd April, 1914. Peace, Perfect Peace. Inserted by his loving son and daughter-in-law, T. R. and l. Rattray. DEATHS.
- Widespread regret will be occasioned locally by the announcement of the death of Mr William J. Rattray, sexton of the Ballarat New Cemetery, which occurred at his residence rather suddenly last evening, the immediate cause being cerebral hemorrhage. Deceased, who was 72 years of age, had been in the employ of the Cemetery trustees for upwards of 50 years. Of that body he was a trusted and highly esteemed employee. Mr. Rattray devoted considerable attention to horticulture, and he achieved an enviable reputation as a rose grower. Indeed few men in Victoria could claim such a wide knowledge of horticulture in its varied branches as the deceased gentleman. For upwards of 48 years he was a member of the Ballarat Horticultural Society, and he ever evinced the keenest interest in its operations. The deceased was an enthusiastic bowler, and was connected with the Ballarat North Club. As a citizen he was held in the highest regard, and his demise will be deplored by a large circle of friends. His disposition was genial, and he was always pleasantly courteous and obliging to those with whom his duty brought him into contact. A grown-up family, comprising one son (Mr. T. Rattray) and two daughters (Miss Rattray and Mrs. Hamilton, wife of the Rev. Robert Hamilton), are left to mourn.
Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
- Ballarat Star, 23 April 1915.
- Ballarat Courier, 24 April 1914.
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