Joseph Worland (1808 - 1895) - Cambridgeshire UK and Warrnambool Australia

Parts of the following information was provided by Austin Worland Hill in the mid 1990s, with additional information provided by Peter and Richard Worland in 2013. Some information was also found on the website from Diane Sabido.

Joseph Worland, whose parents are not yet confirmed (see Worlands of Cambridgeshire (1782 - ), migrated to Australia with his wife Mary and their first three children Sarah, Joseph and Richard. They arrived in Port Fairy (then Belfast) on 2 October 1853 on board the Oithonia (or Orthonia). Worland family history states that the Worlands met the Croll family on the same ship on the way to Australia; Joseph's son Richard married a Christina Croll (see below).

After arrival, Joseph and Mary Worland had further children:

Joseph established a merchant business in Warrnambool. Although members of the Worland family remember that Joseph Worland established a tannery, his son James Joseph Worland was also/already operating a tannery (although possibly it was a family run business). See below for further information.

Little is (yet) known about the life of Joseph Worland in Australia. Shipping records from the 1870s in The Argus (Melbourne newspaper) show a Mr J Worland and a Mrs and Mrs Worland arriving from Warrnambool, Belfast (later renamed Port Fairy) and Portland, and in one case a Mr J Worland arriving from New Zealand.

The lives of Joseph and Mary Worland's children

Family of Sarah Worland (1837 - 1920)

Sarah Worland married Thomas Williams (17 December 1832, Launceston, Tasmania - 3 February 1912) on 6 August 1856 in Warrnambool. They had eleven children:

Family of Joseph Worland (1841 - 1922)

Joseph Worland married Margaret Fittis (1841 - ) in 1864 in Warrnambool. They had the following children:

A Crown Grant for a J Worland was filed at the Land Office in July 1883. It is believed this refers to Joseph Worland (rather than the father or his brother James) given a land related application in 1889 - read on. (Source: Camperdown Chronicle, 14 July 1883). On 16 February 1887, a 'lease for execution' for J Worland was ready at the Camperdown Land Office. (Source: Camperdown Chronicle, 16 February 1887). By 28 September 1887 the same year, Jos Worland was noted as being in arrears under section 49 of the Land Act 1869. (Source: Camperdown Chronicle, 28 September 1887). An application from Joseph Worland for 180 acres at Waarre, allotment 22, was recorded as being 'considered by the Local Land Board to be held at the Receipt and Pay Office, Campberdown, on 7 March 1889'. (Source: Camperdown Chronicle 28 February 1889). In May 1897, Joseph Worland junior was requested to show cause against forfeiture of his lease. (Source: Camperdown Chronicle 4 May 1897).

Family of Richard Worland (1849 - 1939)

Richard Worland married Christina Croll (6 July 1851, Edinburgh, Scotland - 1942) in 1873 at St John's Presbyterian church in Warrnambool. They had the following children:

Richard was a plumber and held patents for water filters and several gas fittings and appliances. The Camperdown Chronicle of 2 June 1898 notes that 'Mr R Worland of Terang and Warrnambool, the patentee of an improved milk can, will be at the sale yards, Camperdown on Saturday next for the purpose of showing and explaining his patent can to dairymen'. On 29 September 1898 and 11 October 1898, an advertisement was placed in the Camperdown Chronicle for 'R. Worland, Plumber and Milk Can Maker of Warrnambool and Terang. Has taken a shop in Parker's Buildings, Manifold Street, Camperdown, for the purpose of introducing his Patent Milk Cans and Buckets. He will attend every Saturday to show the cans and explain their advantanges.' Richard Worland ran the business as R Worland and sons (Joseph and David being his sons).

The Camperdown Chronicle of 7 January 1902 made refence to a bazaar held at the Mechanics Institute in Terang on 1 January 'in aid of the funds of the Terang Brass Band'. A 'Miss Worland, assisted by Misses Mary and Maud Worland' were responsible for the 'No 1 Fancy Stall.'

Richard Worland retired in 1912 and his sons Joseph and David started a plumbing business in Balwyn, Melbourne. David saw active service in World War 1 at both Gallipoli and France. His son, Gordon, carried on the plumbing business in Balwyn. Joseph had no family.

Family of Elizabeth Worland (1854 - 1894)

Elizabeth Worland married Frederick Richard Giblett in 1878 in Warrnambool. They had four children.

Family of James Worland (1856 - 1916)

James Worland married Elizabeth Ann Steere (9 January 1856, Woodford, Victoria - 31 May 1923, Warrnambool, Victoria) in 1876 in Victoria and had the following children:

The following text is drawn from the article 'Death of Mr James Worland' in the Australian Leather Journal of 1916, with some additional information from Jacqui Haynes posted to

James Joseph Worland was only two when he arrived in Victoria with his parents. [sic - dates need to be confirmed as James was born 2 years after his parents arrived; his older brother Joseph appears to have been 12 when they arrived] After school he served an apprenticeship with Thomas Naylor, a tanner, of South Warrnambool. He afterwards purchased a tannery business on the Merri River that had been operated by Daniel Davies. James operated this tannery until shortly before his death in 1916.

The Australian Leather Journal noted that '... having resided in the town [of Warrnambool] for a period of 62 years, he was closely associated with the growth and progress of the place, and though he did not enter actively into public life, he took a keen interest in and gave loyal and practical support to any movement that had for its object the promotion of the welfare of the community. He was a loyal churchman and for many years was one of the churchwardens of Christ Church.'

James Worland was one of the founders of the local branch of the Royal Society of St George and '... was one of its most earnest and energetic workers, filling the position of president and other minor office'. James was also known as a staunch advocate of temperance, and '... always wore a bit of blue ribbon as a badge of his principles'.

James Worland died on 18 June 1916. It was reported in The Seymour Express (and Goulburn Valley Avenel, Graytown, Nagambie, Tallarook and Yea Advertiser on 23 June 1916 that 'Mr Worland, of Warrnambool, died ... after a long illness'. The Warrnambool Standard of 19 June 1916 noted that the 'dearly beloved husband of Elizabeth Ann Worland of 'Weerona, Timor Street'' had died on the previous day, in his 65th year.

Life of Henri J Worland

Henri Worland lived in Seymour, Victoria. On 11 February 1916, The Seymour Express (and Goulburn Valley Avenel, Graytown, Nagambie, Tallarook and Yea Advertiser reported that Henri's son Serge had 'taken ill, and had to undergo an operation to have a gland removed from his neck.' The operation was successful and Serge recovered well.

On 31 March 1916, The Seymour Express (and Goulburn Valley Avenel, Graytown, Nagambie, Tallarook and Yea Advertiser) reported that Henri Worland took his seat on the bench of the local court for the first time. It was reported that he would 'bring intelligence to bear in the discharge of his magisterial duties'.

On 17 April 1918, Henri Worland's wife died at the age of 33, as reported in The Seymour Express (and Goulburn Valley Avenel, Graytown, Nagambie, Tallarook and Yea Advertiser) on 19 April 1918. The obituary noted that Mrs Worland had been in a critical condition '... as a result of complications following child birth. From the outset, the doctors in attendance held out little prospect of recovery, but her youth and fine constitution gave a ray of hope that she might survive the dreadful ordeal. ... Indeed, it was a cruel blow that has deprived three young children, the eldest of whom is only six years, and a devoted husband of their best friend and helpmate'.

The Seymour Express (and Goulburn Valley Avenel, Graytown, Nagambie, Tallarook and Yea Advertiser) ran an article on Friday 12 July 1918 noting the resignation of Henri J Worland from the position of shire secretary, Seymour 'in order to fill a more important post (town clerk) for the city of Warrnambool. At the end of the article it notes that 'although he had received a heavy blow in the loss of his wife, he would always have many pleasant recollections to remind him of Seymour'.

According to the Camperdown Chronicle of 22 June 1918, Henri Worland was appointed as Town Clerk of Warrnambool on Tuesday 18 June 1918. He remained in this position until November 1948.

Henri J. Worland, Warrnambool Town Clerk from 1918 - 1949

Henri Worland's son Serge Lynden Worland, a bank clerk, was critically injured, and later died from his injuries, as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Friday 29 March 1935. (Source: Camperdown Chronicle, 2 April 1935)

Family of William Worland (8 May 1857 - 1897)

William Worland married Ellen Steere (22 June 1860 - 1932) in 1893 in Warrnambool, and had the following children:

William Worland is believed to be the same William Worland who died at the Lunatic Asylum, Borough of Kew (Melbourne) on 3 December 1897 aged 40, and subsequently buried at the Warrnambool cemetery.

Family of David Worland (1859 - 24 August 1931)

David Worland married Sophia Bruce (1863 - 1923) in 1890 in Warrnambool. They had the following children:

Page created 7 April 2013, updated 9 April 2020. Copyright Andrew Warland.