William Edward Fretwell

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William Edward Fretwell
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Plaque Information
Date of Birth c1874
Age at Death 83 years
Transcription In Loving Memory of William Edward Fretwell Born 1875 Died 06/06/1958 Aged 83 Years

Early Life

William Edward Fretwell was born in 1874 and his birth was registered at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. William Edward was the son of William and Mary Fretwell.

Arrival in Australia

William Fretwell arrived in Western Australia on 28 May 1912. He came to Kelmscott and rented 'Signer's' cottage for a while. He was very interested in gramophones and photography, with [1] his photographs now considered to be historically important visual records of life in W.A. in the early 1900s.


William married Mary Agnes Fretwell (nee Taylor) on 1 June 1901 at Dore, Derbyshire, England. They had two children; Edward Martin born 1913 and died the same year. Their second child, Henry Neil was born in 1915. Both children were registered at Canning. His son, Neil is a resident of Roleystone.

Electoral Roll

According to the England Census Roll in 1911 the couple had no children.


William and Mary Agnes Fretwell built their own home on River Road (now Brookton Highway) in 1914 on the corner of Bernard Street and River Road. William bought a large area of land on the corner of Brookton Highway and Canning Road in Karragullen and built a house. William planted many acres of fruit trees in 1926 on this property.


William Fretwell was an Engineer Surveyor in the Chief Engineer's section of the Western Australia Government Railways. In 1915, William surveyed the Brookton Highway.


William Edward died at the age of 83 years on 6 June 1958.

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