William Wallis was a long time Northcote resident. He moved into the suburb in 1856 and remaining there for the next thirty odd years. Working as a timber merchant,carpenter and contractor, Wallis was responsible for building 100 houses across the northern suburbs and ten 2-storey shops in High Street.
Wallis was a Northcote Councillor between 1883 and 1886. He was an uncle of Alfred Tharratt, who was Mayor of Northcote three times - 1907/08, 1908/09 and 1914/15.
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