William Bennett was a watchmaker operating from premises on Bridge Street, Ballarat East from 1865 until at least 1907.   He was born in Melbourne in 1848 and died on the 25th of July 1939 in Toorak. His father was also a watchmaker.
William Bennett was in Ballarat as a watchmaker by 1862, and had set up his business on Bridge Street. He was heavily involved with rowing in Ballarat, with his business manufacturing silver cups as prizes for the Regatta Club's amateur contest in 1862. 
- MR. WILLIAM BENNETT
- Mr William Bennett who died on Sunday at the home of his daughter Mrs. J. R. Porter Katandra road Ormond was aged 91 years and until a few weeks ago he attended business in the city daily.
- He was actively interested in Victorian rowing for nearly 80 years.
- He was born in Collins street between Elizabeth and Queen streets, where his father Mr. William Bennett one of Melbourne's first jewellers had his shop He was a nephew of the late Mr. William Gilbee former leading Melbourne surgeon and a founder of the Victorian branch of the British Medical Association
- From his early youth until he came back to Melbourne in about 1917 Mr Bennett lived at Ballarat where he was a watch-maker and jeweller. He was associated here with many sporting and public organisations but rowing was his special interest.
- He first steered a crew in a race on the Saltwater River. Later, at Ballarat he was a prominent oarsman in the Wendouree club and he won many races in senior company. More than 50 years ago he retired from active rowing but he was a life member of the Ballarat City Rowing Club and a former president of the Ballarat Regatta Association. Until quite recently he frequently attended social functions at the Mercantile and other metropolitan rowing clubs and he was a generous donor of trophies.
- At Ballarat he was also an official of the Ballarat Racing Club, a member of St Johns Masonic Lodge and a Past Junior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Victoria.
- In 1861 he came to Melbourne to see the first Melbourne Cup run. It was the only Melbourne Cup he ever watched.
- Mr Bennett's wife died about five years ago. He leaves a family of four-Mrs. J. R. Potter wife of Dr. J. R. Porter, Miss Lucy Bennett and Messrs W. B. Bennett a chartered accountant and F. C. G. Bennett who is manager of the Kerang branch of the E. S. and A. Bank.
- The funeral will leave the premises of B. Matthews Pty. Ltd. Toorak road South Yarra, at 2 p.m. to day for the Melbourne General Cemetery. 
- ↑ Rogers, J. W. F. (ed.). (c. 1887). The Australasian Federal Directory of Commerce, Trades & Professions. Melbourne: J. W. F. Rogers.
- ↑ Research of Stephen Hodgetts of Durham Clock, 2001.
- ↑ The Star Ballarat, 10 December, 1862
- ↑ The Argus, 25 July, 1939.
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--Beth Kicinski 16:11, 31 December 2012 (EST)