William Dubrelle Weston
William Dubrelle Weston
Date of Birth 15 June 1869
Place of Residence 'Altmor' 60 High Street Launceston Tasmania Australia
Spouses Name Harriette Emily Solomon
Childrens Names Edwin, Frances Mary, Edith Gertrude, Kate, Helen, Jessica, William, Leo & Maurice

William Dubrelle Weston was the eldest surviving son of Edward Weston (1831-1877) MLC and his wife Kate McCarthy Clerke (1846-1899). He was born on 15 Jun 1869 at the family home of 'Hythe' at Longford. He was a young lawyer, living at home with his mother, when this picture was taken. He was admitted to the Bar in 1891, having been articled to the firm of Ritchie Parker. He later set up in partnership with Law, Weston and Archer. William married Harriette Emily Solomon in Launceston on 18 Apr 1894 at 'Oakleigh', the residence of the bride's father Edward Solomon. All nine of his children were blessed with the same family middle name of Dubrelle. The eldest, Edwin, was born in Feb 1895 and the youngest, Maurice, was born in Mar 1908. The third child Truda died aged 11 months in Sep 1898.

W D Weston was a pioneer bushwalker with Ernest Law, Alfred Smith and R Ernest 'Crate' Smith. Law, Ernest Smith and Weston were the first tourist party to climb Cradle Mountain in 1891. Previously Weston and others had visited Lake St Clair via the Central Plateau, and also made a trip to the Walls of Jerusalem. He was a keen botanist and footballer.

Weston was a prominent member of the Baptist Church. He laid the foundation stone of the Elphin Road Baptist Church in Jun 1905. He was the honorary legal adviser and president of the Baptist Union of Tasmania. For eight years he edited the magazine The Day Dawn. He also was involved with the British and Foreign Bible Society, Launceston City Mission and regularly visited the Launceston General Hospital distributing fruit and Christian literature. In later years he was a foundation member of the Newstead Baptist Church. The family lived at 'Cluny', 130 Elphin Road. W D Weston died aged 78 on 5 Nov 1948 and was buried at Carr Villa in the family plot Section C1 No 162.

Graeme Campbell Dec 2005 & Nic Haygarth Apr 2009