William Urie was born in North Melbourne on the 19th October 1864. He joined his fathers stained glass firm ‘Ferguson & Urie’ as a boy and in late 1885, aged 21, he accompanied his uncle Alexander Young (1833-1889), who was also a member of the firm, to Brisbane. Queensland, to assist with the installation of the firms largest stained glass window in St Stephen’s Cathedral.
In 1888 William accompanied another uncle, John Yeaman, on a nine month trip back to the ‘old country’ (Scotland) as mentioned at the company dinner in 1888;
“…The event of the evening then took place in the shape of the presentation of a very handsome dressing case containing all the requisites for a gentleman’s toilet to Mr. W. Urie. Mr. Loughrey in handing this present to Mr. Urie said that he was proud to have the honour of making the presentation and proposing the health of the recipient. Mr. Urie was going to the home of his fathers, and he was sure they all wished him a pleasant trip. From his quiet and unassuming manner he had won the hearty good wishes of all with whom he came in contact, and it had been decided that he should not be allowed to leave Australia without some souvenir.
Mr. Loughrey then handed Mr. Urie the dressing case, and the latter gentleman’s health was enthusiastically drank with musical honours. Mr. Urie said he must thank them very much for their kindness, and he would certainly not fail to use the valuable present tendered to him, especially the razors (laughter). He was going to a land that was unknown to him and he would endeavour to keep his eyes open and learn as much as possible of the old country. He hoped to be back among them again soon, and thanked them heartily for their kindness…”
On the 8th of May 1891 William married Rose Emma Smith at the Holy Trinity church in Kensington (Flemington) and they had four children.
William Urie died in 1907 aged 42.
The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Saturday May 9th 1891, page 1.
URIE-SMITH.- On the 8th ult., at Holy Trinity Church, Kensington, William Urie (son of the late James Urie, of Ferguson and Urie) to Rose Emma Smith (daughter of Ralph Smith, of Fletcher and Smith), both of Flemington.
The Argus, Melbourne, Vic, Monday 7th January 1907, page 1.
URIE – On the 5th January, at Finsbury-street, Flemington, William, dearly beloved husband of Rosa Urie, and beloved father of James, Muriel, Grace, and Ralph, also eldest son of the late James and Grace Urie, Flemington.