John Willis was born in Bowden, a suburb of Adelaide, in 1869. I have written previously about applying for John’s birth certificate.
John married Emmeline Dulcinea Ann Grenfell in Broken Hill, New South Wales.
This was about the time of the Western Australian gold discoveries at Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. Sometime after the birth of my grandmother Olive Ann Willis in 1896, the family moved across to the other side of Australia.
John worked as a fitter at the Ivanhoe Gold Mine in Boulder, Western Australia. Sadly, he was killed by an earth fall in that mine in 1926. (https://www.wavmm.com/listing/willis/)