"He had a stern and forbidding appearance and with the simple addition of a red handkerchief around his head could have made up as a perfect pirate of the Spanish Main, but he was not so fierce as he looked, and his calling was a peaceful one.
"Employed as a gardener in a country gentleman's estate near Bristol in the old country, he learned his trade well. Coming to Australia some 44 years ago he settled on Magnetic Island, being one of the early settlers. He was the first to take up cultivation at Nelly Bay where he made his home on the site of the present Mandalay property, which he later sold and went to live on an adjoining block.
"His training and inclination made him a clever gardener and orchardist, and was always happiest when carrying out experiments in the propagation of new varieties of tropical fruits, such as the mango, paw paw etc., and with these he obtained considerable success.''
William was popular with visiting sailing crews and shared his homemade pineapple wine with them. His wine was so good, he sold it to Parliament House in Brisbane.
The next day we caught the bus to Horseshoe Bay and had lunch and a walk along the beach. Horseshoe Bay is much busier than I remembered it. Most of the tourists seem to spend more time there now than Picnic Bay.