William John Wills

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Birthday
5, 1834
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 1861
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
5, 1834
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 1861

About

British surveyor and surgeon who was second-in-command of the Burke and Wills expedition, an ill-fated attempt to cross Australia from south to north.

Before Fame

He was homeschooled by his father until the age of 11 and then went on to study at St. Andrew's Grammar School, Ashburton.

Trivia

He became exhausted and died during the expedition at a place called Breerily Waterhole.

Family Life

He was the second child of seven born to Dr. William Wills and Sarah Elizabeth Wills.

Associated With

Much like Meriwether Lewis, he embarked upon an expedition to explore the far reaches of his country.