Margaret Williams (1811–1858)

MARGARET WILLIAMS was born MARGARET LESLIE in Laggan, Inverness, Scotland, on 24 September 1811. She sailed to the Colony of New South Wales as a free immigrant per St. George (1838), and married convict JOHN WILLIAMS, who went on to become a prominent inn-keeper, and even Parramatta’s first mayor. Together, they had five children. MARGARET passed away at Parramatta, aged just 47 years, after which JOHN remarried and had another five children with his second wife. When MARGARET and JOHN’s son JAMES WILLIAMS died in 1873, he was buried in the same vault as his mother, and when JOHN WILLIAMS passed away in November that year he, too, was interred in the same vault.


  • Birth name: MARGARET LESLIE
  • Married name: MARGARET WILLIAMS

Burial Location

  • Section 1, Row V, No. 7, St. John’s Cemetery, Parramatta, New South Wales


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# Scottish

# Immigrant

# Came Free

# Ship: St. George (1838)

# Burial year: 1858

# Grave: marked