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Biographical entry Auld, William Patrick (1840 - 1912)

Manchester, England
2 September 1912
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Explorer and Surveyor


William Auld was a member of Stuart's expedition across Australia in 1862. He also followed his father as vigneron at Auldana vineyards. He was the first man tried for murder in what is now the Northern Territory and was acquitted after a long trial.


Born near Manchester, England, 1840. Died Adelaide, 2 September 1912. Cadet, Surveyor-General's Department; accompanied J M Stuart (q.v.) on the expedition crossing Australia from south to north 1861-62; worked at Auldana; joined the Northern Territory expedition of B.T. Finniss 1864; succeeded his father, P. Auld (q.v.) as manager of Auldana; left the vineyard in 1888 when it was transferred to a mortgagee; established a wine and spirits business in Adelaide. President, South Australian Vignerons Association 1896.

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State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • William Patrick Auld - Records, 1897 - 1908, PRG 140; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.