|Organisation :||Waterford County Museum|
|Article Title :||Dungarvan Town Park|
|Page Title :||Captain William Gibbons - 1827 - 1893|
|Page Number :||3|
|Publication Date :||12 May 2013|
|Expiry Date :||Never Expires|
We have no information on William's parents except that he had a sister, Helena, who died in 1842 aged 19. She is buried in the family plot in St Marys Parish Church. In his diary written in the 1890s he made the following reference to his relations:
'All my people ( 5 in number ) died at ages varying from seven to thirty eight years.' ( of consumption)
Captain Gibbons was at sea for many years and his surviving diaries give us facinating accounts of his voyages abroad. He settled in Dungarvan and established a business as a corn and coal merchant. He is listed as such in Slater's commercial directory 1870. His grain store was situated in Carbery's Lane ( it is now incorporated in the L&N supermarket).
In 1885 William was elected as a town commissioner and was chairman in 1887. In November 1887 he published a pamphlet titled -
'Dungarvan Town Board 1884-1887 with History & Sale of Town Hall & Buttermarket in 1884.'
In 1891 extensive alterations were carried out at St.Mary's Parish Church and Captain Gibbons and his wife donated the east windows.
The Gibbon's Bequest