Williams sister Augusta Sophia, had already emigrated to Australia and was living in Sydney. William Alfred and family followed her example of migrating and they set sail from Plymouth on the 517 ton Ascendant (Captain Robert Spencer in charge) on 2 March 1858. Their ship anchored at the Brisbane River bar in Moreton Bay on 19 June of that year. Happy to relate, there were no deaths on the voyage; but young Henry Robinson passed away a few years later on 15 December 1862.
William and Ellen’s family grew in Brisbane with the addition of: Elizabeth Emily (b. 29 January 1860; d. 28 September 1902), Kate (b. 13 January 1863; d. 31 January 1881), William Henry (b. 20 March 1865; d. 30 January 1956), Ellen (b. 23 August 1866; d. 26 February 1950), George (b. 8 October 1868; d. 1 July 1930), Alice (b. 13 April 1871; d. 28 March 1948), Charles (b. 24 August 1873; d. 26 June 1915), Florence (b. 18 June 1877; d. 8 August 1951) and Alfred (b. 1 November 1879; d. 26 May 1962).
ANNUAL MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 17. To start at 12-30 p.m.
WYNNUM STAKES 1 mile and a distance ;for all local horses in the district between Doughboy Creek and Tingalpa Creek, Old Cleveland road to the boundary between both creeks; handicap; nomination, 15s.; acceptance, 10s.
General Conditions. — No entry will be received except on this condition, That all claims, disputes, and objections arising out of the racing shall be decided by the stewards or those whom they may appoint.
W. F. BRITTAIN, Secretary, Donellan Estate, Logan Road
"Brisbane Amusements Limited, which is concerned in the Stanley Park racecourse venture at Coorparoo, is, according to gazetted notice, a registered company. The capital is 10,000 pound, divided into 10,000 shares of £1/ .Subscribers to it are; Joseph S. Churchyard, Toowong, accountant; James A. King, Eagle Junction, clerk; John A. Burke, South Brisbane, shipping clerk; John E. Burke, South Brisbane, company manager; Thomas A. Whiting, South Brisbane, veterinary surgeon; Ellen L. Whiting, South Brisbane (wife of Thomas A. Whiting), and John E. Maidens, Toowoomba racecourse proprietor. The objects (briefly stated), of the company arc. "To carry on all or any of the businesses of Caterers for sports and public amusements of every description and picture shows, and to purchase lands for all or anv of the company's objects, and to make improvements thereon as may lie necessary for or conducive to the company's objects, and to promote all public amusements, and horse racing, trotting." At the January 1921 monthly meeting of the Coorparoo Shire Council a letter was tabled from Brisbane Amusements Limited notifying that they had purchased the Stanley Oval. The newspaper article reporting this was titled, Racecourse Not Wanted. The company was asking the council to build an access bridge across Bridgewater Creek at the end of Cavendish Road to allow easy access for traffic onto the Sports Ground.