WRITTEN BY CHERIE STRICKLAND AND LORRAINE CLARKE – SWAN GENEALOGY
William Shenton, the son of George Shenton and Annie Catherine Cousins was born in 1850 in Perth. His father was an entrepreneur and founding father of the Colony. William Shenton had left Perth at least 2 years before his death on a Pearling excursion to Port Walcott.
During his time in the North West he furthered his family ventures into the Pearl and Pearl shell business. News of his death reached Perth on the 15/02/1871, William had died after a slow fever on 29th December 1870 at a Mount Blaze Pearling station near Port Walcott and his body was disinterred at considerable expense to his relatives and was returned to Perth aboard the Waterlily to be buried in the Family Vault on the 21st April 1871. His final journey home experienced favourable winds; his brother had gone to Mount Blaze to bring his body home. The Water Lily also brought seven tons of Pearl Shell back to Fremantle.