William Ernest Alchin (1900 – 1961)

William was born at Dubbo in 1900 (NSW 1900/21665). He was the second son of Ernest and Jane Alchin, but grew up as the oldest child due to the early death of his older brother Ernest at the age of two years old.

He married Dorothy Edna Monk at St Ambrose’s Church of England, Gilgandra in 1935 (NSW 1935/3842).

‘Bill’ and ‘Dot’ had three children – Ernest Thomas, Claude Edward and Shirley Edna. Bill was known as ‘Pop’ to the children.

William worked as a sleeper cutter on the railways.

After suffering heart strain as a result of his work as a sleeper cutter, the family moved to Sydney, as Bill was unable to continue working.

The family first moved to Devonshire in the inner-city suburb of Surry Hills. This was during the time of the razor gangs.

Later, the family moved to the Orange Grove housing estate at Leichhardt, another suburb close to the city. At the time this suburb was a rough area full of crime and poverty.

In 19?? the family moved to a new housing commission estate in Harris Street, Fairfield, a south-western suburb of Sydney. In the following years, the family would purchase this home at 109 Harris Street from the government.

William died at Fairfield after suffering a heart attack while playing a game of 500 on 5th June 1961 (NSW 1961/14401) aged 61 years.

He was  buried on the 13th June 1961 in grave 004132 in Section 19 of the Anglican area at Rookwood Cemetery.