This used to be among my prayers- a portion of land not so very large,which contain
and near the homestead a spring of ever-flowing water and a little forest to complete
Charlie Waters first settled “Hillandale”, a 70 acre portion, in 1847 (approximately).
He was a timber cutter by trade. He called the property “Badger’s End” and built
a very basic cottage on the eastern hillside below the garden where there is a permanent
sprint. Only a mulberry tree, Daffodils and iris mark the spot today. They grew their
own vegetables and even planted wheat on the flat opposite for their bread. He had
a daughter Mary Jane and a son, Jim.
Mary Jane married Henry Willot from Perthville and they had 4 boys and 2 Girls. Steve
Willot was the youngest. Mary Jane having inherited “badger End” moved back with
her youngest son Stave after the death of her husand. Mary Jane ran “Hillandale”
as a retreat.
Rosalie-Anne Walsh married an ord and had two girls Olive and Margaret. After the
death of her husband she came to “Hillandale” to recuperate. It was here she met
Steve Willot, and they fell in love and married. They had two sons Desmond and Ray.
Rosalie-Anne’s girls married and moved away, Ray married Wilma and moved. They have
four children Kerry, Sandra, Neville and Christine.
Desmond never married and lived at Hillandale until his death.
Ray Willot inherited the property after the death of Des and his mother. His daughter
Kerry living at Hillandale for a period and had 2 daughters. Ray believed his Grandmother,
Mary Jane planted the huge Rhododendron on the North side of the house, many daffodils,
Iris and the Cypress on the south side which has since died leaving only a massive