Sola Sorell, born on 10 Jun 1864 at Richmond, was the third child born to Hugh Percy Sorell (1831-1909) and his wife Dora Forbes Coverdale (1839-1932). Her father was the district surveyor at Deloraine and she was a great granddaughter of Lieutenant-Governor William Sorell.
Sola married Charles Selby Wilson, also a surveyor, on 4 May 1892 at St Paul's Church, Launceston, soon after the Tasmanian Exhibition ended. Charles had served his articles under Sola's father. Sola and Charles moved to Strahan where their first two children were born: Charles 1893-1961 and Dorothy 1894-1977. Their other four children were born in Zeehan: Julia 1898-1989; Jessie 1899-1956; Mary 1903-1988 and John 1908-1973.
After being in poor health for nearly a year, Sola died aged 54 on 19 Sep 1918 at St Margaret's Hospital, Launceston. She had resided on the West Coast for 26 years and had a host of friends there. Her obituary in The Examiner states that 'in a quiet, unostentatious manner she performed many benevolent acts among the poor and suffering'. In 1932 Charles moved to Davey Street, Hobart, where he was the district surveyor. He died in Oct 1944.