William Alexander McLaren Prentice was born 22 April 1834 at Stirling, Scotland, the son of Andrew Prentice and Mary Ferguson. He immigrated to Sydney, NSW c1855 and married Louisa Whyatt (1833-1915) 29 March 1859 at Sydney, and they had six sons and a daughter. Prentice died 24 May 1883, aged 49 years, at his home, 11 Raglan Street, Darlington, and he was interred in the Old Presbyterian Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were valued at £1,051.
Occupation & interests
William Prentice was an accountant. He was a Freemason and a member of the Royal Foresters. He was also a member of The Highland Society of NSW. In seeking re-election in 1882 Prentice urged Darlington ratepayers in exercising their franchise not to lump Hargreaves and Beale together.
Local government service
William A Prentice was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1881-82.
‘Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 February 1882, p. 10, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13505014