He worked in the goldfields, as per information on Margaret's death certificate.
They were living near Gravesend in Northern New South Wales in 1872.
She had her daughter Charlotte with her, and subsequently she and George had two sons.
William Bills was born in Gulgong in 1875. Gulgong was another gold mining area.
John George Bills was born in 1878.
Charlotte Durnford always knew she had two step brothers.
When Margaret died in 1879, who looked after the children?
It would appear that Charlotte was made a ward of the state, but perhaps George kept the family together.
A George Bills married in 1879 an Elizabeth Mary Jane Walker born 1856.
As a widowed man, this was often the norm.
Hopefully this is the correct family:
But Elizabeth was not a well lady. She suffered acute hysteria, so the reports from the Goulburn Herald indicate, when she was charged with keeping goods, not her own.
In 1881 she was assaulted.
Goulburn Evening Penny Post (NSW : 1881 - 1940) Tuesday 28 June 1881
Southern Argus (Goulburn, NSW : 1881 - 1885) Tuesday 7 February 1882
Then in February 1882 George faces the same charges, he was a carpenter working in Goulburn, and had rented a house in which belongings were left by previous occupants.
The stress of the assault and the unfortunate ending may have caused Elizabeth to go missing.
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia Event Type Missing Person
Publication Date15 Feb 1882 Page #58 George Bills
Things get even worse, when he attacked the bailiff, who was coming to remove him from the property.
That landed him 6 months in Bathurst Jail.
Elizabeth seemed to return, as three children were born in from 1885 to 1892. Unfortunately they all died. They were living at Garden Street Alexandra.
Then in 1891, he had another mention of an assault.
The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 8 January 1891
The death certificate for George Bills will be loaded when obtained, currently it is unavailable.
There are no death records for Elizabeth Bills in NSW. There are several for Elizabeth Walker prior to 1900.
Mr and Mrs Tasker was Charlotte, Margaret's daughter.
The Relationship with George Bills and Sofala Why concentrate on Sofala?
Charlotte wrote about it in some poems
There was an extensive gathering of the family of Bills on the Goldfields at Sofala and the surrounding areas.
Trying to work out the relationships of the different members of the Bills family has been difficult, as often the names have been transcribed incorrectly, Bill/Bills/Bell.
There was obviously some family connection between George and William from Sofala.
A Thomas Bills arrived as a convict, and Thomas Bills was the father of William
George Bills father was William.
The testator, who was a widower and 68 years of age, appointed Daisy Clara Crook and William Henry Crook, both of Auburn, Victoria, his executors and trustees. Among other legacies he left £2000 to his friend, William Henry Brown, an employee of Bills Bros., mattress manufacturers, of Kent-street, Sydney, and gifts ranging from £100 to £500 to eleven other employees of that firm. He directed that the income from the residue of his estate should be used in the erection of horse-troughs where necessary or desirable for the relief of horses or other dumb animals in Australia, the British Isles, or any other part of the world, subject to the consent of the proper authorities being obtained. He further directed that his trustees might pay such sum of money as they in their discretion thought fit to any society or societies for the protection of animals, or the alleviation of cruelty to animals in the said places.