From Ballarat and District Industrial Heritage Project
William H. Stokeld was born at Ballarat, the son of R. Stokeld of Durham, England. William Stokeld was a a colonist of 1855. He was a member of the Ballarat Stock Exchange since 1895.
- Mr. William Henry Stokeld, a well-known member of Ballarat Stock Exchange and secretary of the Ballarat Art Gallery, died on Wednesday. Deceased, who was 61 years of age, was a native of the district.
- After a long tod very painful illness, Mr William Stokeld, secretary of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, passed away at his residence, (Holmes street, at noon yesterday. The deceased gentleman, who was a native of Ballarat, was 61 years of age, and was one of the Best known figures in the commercial life of Ballarat. When a youth he worked in the Phoenix Foundry, but later, at the time of the Steiglitz mining boom, he entered the office of the late Mr T. H. Thompson, who was legal manager for the majority of the mines in the district. Later he became associated with the Ballarat Mining Exchange, and carried on business as a sharebroker. He was for some time in Queensland, and had a fund of reminiscences of life in the Gulf coun try. He also took up land near Beaufort, but subsequently returned to Ballarat, and carried on business as an accountant and commission agent. Some five years ago he was appointed secretary of the Art Gallery council, and his performance of the many duties attached to that office was marked by intense though quiet enthusiasm, and an innate knowledge of pictures, and sculpture. An excellent conversationalist, he was always good company. The late Mr Stokeld was deeply versed in the writings of Dickens, Scott, Thackery, Shakespeare, and also of the Australian poets, and could quote with much felicity from them. His interest in the Art Gallery was profound, and up to his last illness he had looked forward to the time when the gallery would be extended. He was the means of securing many pictures on loan and also advocated the purchase of Hans Heysen’s ‘The Three Gums,” which was purchased under the Laurence Clark bequest. A leading member of the Masonic fraternity, he held many offices, and was secretary of the Orion Lodge up to the time of his death. Even on his sick bed he performed his secretarial duties with the same meticulous care which marked all his responsible work. He took a keen interest in the welfare and progress of Ballarat, and was an active member of the Old Colonists’ Association. He was also a member of the Beta Bond, and contributed many valuable literary papers thereto. The late Mr Stokeld was twice married. Nurse Stokeld, the daughter of this first marriage, who was for some time on the staff of the Ballarat Hospital, died of pneumonic influenza whilst doing special sefvice in Melbourne at the time of the last outbreak of that disease. He leaves a widow and a son and a married daughter. Mrs Stokeld is a daughter of the late Mr Alex Gilpin. The interment will take place at the; New Cemetery at 11.30 this morning.
- ↑ McCallum, M., Ballarat District Citizens and Sports, 1916
- ↑ Ballarat School of Mines General Register, 1904. (cat. no. 10239.1)
- ↑ The Age, 29 December 1921.
- ↑ Ballarat Star, 29 December 1921.
--Rachelle Vanderlinden 16:20, 28 May 2015 (AEST)