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William Madsen was born in 1916 and arrived in Victoria in 1878; working in the tanning business. After gaining experience in the field he established his own tannery in High Street, South Preston.
At its height the tannery was producing 192 calf skins and 70 hides per week.
Great War Index 1914-1920 : index to births, deaths and marriages in Victoria [CD-ROM]. (1997). Melbourne, Australia: Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Sutherland, Andrew, Ellery, R. L. J… [et al.] (1888). Victoria and its metropolis : past and present. Melbourne: McCarron, Bird & Co.
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