William Gowan Fail

ID# 2498, (24 Sep 1834 - 21 Dec 1922)

William Gowan Fail was baptised on 24 Sep 1834 in St John, Horselydown, London, Surrey, England,

William Gown Fail
born 20 Jan 1834
Parents: Frederick Valentine, Lighterman & Theophania Fail, Gainsford Street.1,2

William Gowan Fail married Eliza Fail on 10 Sep 1854 at St Mary Parish Church, Newington, London, England,

William Gowan Fail
of full age, Bachelor, Lighterman
Res: Doddington Grove
Father: Frederick Valentine Fail, Lighterman
Eliza Fail
of full age, Spinster
Res: Doddington Gove
Father: Martin Godfred Fail, Leather Dresser

After Banns
Both signed
Witnesses: The Mark of Charles Wilson X; & Martin Godfred Fail & Theopa Fail.3,4

William's occupation Waterman/ Gold Seeker/ Journalist & Reporter.

William Gowan Fail was on the 1896 Electoral Roll Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand , also listed in the household was Eliza and Fred

FAIL William Gowan, Wickliffe Terrace, Port Chalmers, Journalist, freehold sec 281, Port Chalmers
FAIL Eliza, Wickliffe Terrace, Port Chalmers, domestic duties, residential
FAIL Fred Valentine, Wickliffe Terrace, Port Chalmers, boiler maker, residential.5

William died on 21 Dec 1922 at Wickliffe Terrace, Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand , at age 88 years, 2 months and 27 days

aged 88.6

William was buried on 23 Dec 1922 at New Port Chalmers Cemetery, Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand ,

lived 60yrs in Otago.7

William and Eliza had 5 children bon in NZ

Albert Henry born 1865/ 19667
Ernest Alfred born 1867/ 30033
Florence Annie born 1870/ 35732
Fred Valentine born 1872/ 37803
Arthur Drysdale born 1877/ 5633

And 3 born in Victoria Australia

William Frederick Charles born 1855/ 4056 - Richmond
Hubert Godfrey born 1859/ 12200 S'Ridge
Alice Eliza born 1862/ 5098 Sand.

Child of William Gowan Fail and Eliza Fail


  1. [S1] Certificate held on file, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Hereinafter cited as Certificate held on file.
  2. [S54] Old Church Records, Parish Registers, Various Repositories, London Metropolitan Archives, Horselydown St John, Register of Baptism, p71/jn, Item 013. - Borough Southwark - via Ancestry.co.uk. Hereinafter cited as Parish Registers.
  3. [S1] Certificate held on file: London England Marriages and Banns, 1754 - 1921, Southwark Newington St Mary 1854 - via Ancestry.
  4. [S78] BDM Indexes online: England Civil Registration online, findmypast.co.uk . Online www.findmypast.com/ www.ancestry.co.uk;, 1854 Sept Qtr, Newington London, Vol 1D page 255.
  5. [S6] Elections, Electoral Roll (Auckland, New Zealand: BAB Microfilming, 1853 - 1967), 1896 NZ Electoral Roll, Waikouaiti. Hereinafter cited as Electoral Roll.
  6. [S2] NZRGO, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, NZ BDM Indexes, Held by Ailsa Corlett, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, NZ Online Database: 1922/ 11229. Hereinafter cited as NZ BDM Indexes.
  7. [S3] NZSG, NZ Cemetery Records (Auckland, New Zealand & Online Council Databases: NZSG, 1988), Dunedin City Council Online Database: Block UO. Plot 122. Hereinafter cited as NZ Cemetery Records.