William Everard (December 1819 - 24 August 1889) was a South Australian businessman and politician.
Everard was the son of Dr. Charles George Everard M.P. (1794 - 30 March 1876) and his wife Catherine (1786 - 21 December 1866), originally of London.
The family, which included his mother and brothers Charles John Everard (ca.1822 - 22 July 1892) and James George (died 3 May 1840, aged 15), arrived in Adelaide on the ship Africaine under Captain John Finlay Duff in 1836. His father was one of the first eighteen elected to South Australia's unicameral Legislative Council in 1839.
By 1843 William and his brother Charles were farming a jointly-owned property in Myponga, while Dr. C. G. Everard was developing his properties "Ashford" and "Marshfield", to the west and east of the Bay Road respectively, and comprising much of the land between Keswick and Glenelg. Dr. Everard was the first colonist to grow wheat, on one of his City selections on Morphett Street.
He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1863 He was a member of
At the general elections of 1868 Mr. Everard was returned for the same constituency, this time with Neville Blyth
Everard did not stand for the sixth Parliament, then was returned to his old seat in December 1871, with the Hon. Thomas Reynolds as his colleague. He was unseated on petition in February 1872 by the Court of Disputed Returns, which ended his connection with the Assembly.
Fourteen months later Everard was elected a member of the Legislative Council in company with Sir Henry Ayers, and Messrs. Alexander Hay, T. Hogarth, J. Fisher, R. A. Tarlton, and Walter Duffield, and continued as one of the eighteen members comprising the Upper House, who were then returned by the whole province acting as one electoral district, until he vacated his seat on 1 August 1878. While a member of the Legislature Mr. Everard served in three Ministries:
The Hundred of Everard (County of Stanley), the locality of Everard Central, Mount Everard in the Musgrave Ranges, Lake Everard (near Lake Gairdner) and Everard Creek (now the Diamantina River) were named for William.
5 March 1857, at Hanover Square, he married Maria Hughes, sister of William Hughes F.R.G.S., a well known geographer and author.
Their property "Ashford" of 61 acres (25 ha) on Bay Road is now the suburb of Ashford on the Anzac Highway, Adelaide.
Everard's brother Charles John's first wife, also named Eliza, died 18 September 1850 aged 26; he married again, in Hawkesbury, Gloucestershire, to his cousin Charlotte Everard Lucy, on 23 March 1854. Their home was "Marshfield", a property of 150 acres (61 ha) on the east side of Bay Road (originally owned by Dr. C. G. Everard). His children William Francis (1855-1915), Eliza Catherine (1857-1966) and Rosa Maria (1860-1935) inherited Marshfield, progressively selling off sections to support themselves. Part of the original property is now the suburb of Everard Park. By 1908 the two sisters had been declared insolvent; William Francis Everard's widow disposed of what remained of his share, now a large part of the suburb of Keswick.
| Commissioner of Public Works
24 Sep 1868 – 12 Oct 1868
|South Australian House of Assembly|
| Member for Onkaparinga
David Sutherland, Neville Blyth
| Member for Onkaparinga