William Arnott Views
William Arnott's success was founded on hard work, integrity and insistence on quality. He was a sincere Christian, noted for his lovable and kindly nature. He and his wife were active in philanthropic work and the Wesleyan Church. In 1857 he was elected a trustee of the church in Maitland; in Newcastle he was connected with the Sunday school for twenty-four years, in twenty of which he was superintendent. An example of his honesty in business dealings was in 1883 when he repaid in full his 1862 Maitland creditors; they presented him with an address and a gold medal and held a luncheon in his honour. One of his recreations was rifle shooting. He joined the Volunteer Rifle Corps in 1860 and won the first three contests for the silver belt presented by the mayor of Maitland.
Arnott was survived by his wife (d.1902), two sons and two daughters of his first marriage and five sons and three daughters of the second. The sons of his first marriage, Leslie and Samuel, became chairmen of directors of the business and were succeeded by their half-brothers, William, John Maclean and Halse Rogers; while Robert Fleming became an engineer and Arthur Smith a colonel in the Salvation Army.
Arnott/ Balfour/ Gilmour families - Auchterderran, Fife Does anyone have the following in their family. William Grunton Arnott married Janet Gilmour Balfour 27 Nov 1896. these are my great great grandparents. I also have McCalls living in Cardenden in early 1900s. Australian descendents would be very nice. Thanks Lorraine
Born in 1827, William Arnott began his career as a baker's apprentice in his native Pathhead, Scotland, before emigrating to Australia in 1847. Arnott settled in Maitland in southern Australia and at first worked for other bakers. In the 1850s, however, he followed the gold rush, setting up a bakery business in the mining fields and catering to the growing population of miners. With money earned from this business, Arnott returned to Maitland and opened his first bakery shop.