John William Wilkins

#1314, b. 1 July 1880

Individual's Timeline

Birth1 July 1880John William Wilkins1

Primary events

Brushes with the LAW

ARRESTED. John William Wilkins, aged 25, was arrested by Sergeant O'Byrne and Constable Lannan late last night on a charge of larceny of three ducks, valued at 7/6d, from the premises of John Nelson, of Cimitiere-street. He will be brought up at the Police Court this morning. (April 1905). A later copy of the same paper reported that John got 14 days for the theft

Note from Shirley - Now this is dead interesting. I think the John NELSON named as the theftee is married to Lydia Susannah, John's sister!! I smell a bit of ferment in the family.2

Military Career

Records show that John William Wilkins served in the armed forces. A John William WILKINS served with the No 2 Company of the 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen in the Transvaal War; This Company had an original strength of 253 men. They sailed to South Africa 27th March 1901 of the Chicago and served in Cape Colony for 1 year until May 1902. However, the record shows they returned to Australia on the Britannic 5th August 1901.
* I have not found his dossier in the Archives, and unfortunately, his photograph is not amongst others of his contingent. There was also a John William WILSON, but I do believe that these are genuinely 2 different people, and not a transcription error.
* No later record of John William has turned up in Tasmania. There is a John William WILKINS who served as a private in WW1 in the New Zealand forces, but his NOK is Mrs C WILKINS, his mother.3

Locus Operandi


  1. BDM in Australia, Aust Vital Records 1788-1905, 1880/1625 33/1625.
  2. Trove Digitised Newspapers, Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) Friday 28 April 1905 Page 6.
  3. Aust War Memorial nominal, online, Boer War Nominal Roll - John William Wilkins

    Service number: 348

    Rank: Private


    Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

    State: TAS

    Source: Murray page number - 567.