Henry WILKINSON arrived in Melbourne per "Neptune" 30 Mar 1841 at 21 years of age. He was born 1819 in Co Armagh, Ireland (source: Early Families of Shepparton Wilkinson pages by Don Reid) on 5 March (source: Henry's g-grand-daughter Thelma from Henry's grand-daughter Margaret Scott nee Wilkinson). He spent 63 years in Victoria until his death 16 May 1903 (Victorian death certificate). Before coming to Victoria, Henry was a farmer. A native of Co Down, he was known to be living with his father and mother and siblings at the village of Donaghcloney, Co Down, between 1823 and 1828 (source: First Families website). I found no trace of the family in the Donaghcloney parish records and a search of Down and Armagh (both cited as his birthplace) is not feasible without further information.
Henry's father Henry Wilkinson, Lieutenant in the 40th (2nd Somersetshire) Regiment of Foot, was in Captain Semporius Stretton's Company at the Battle of Waterloo, serving for some time in the army of occupation in France, being a faithful and trusted member of the staff of the Iron Duke (sources: First Families website, Early Families of Shepparton Wilkinson pages by Don Reid, Henry Wilkinson's obituary). Henry Wilkinson (snr) signed on as an Ensign on 8 May 1810 and was later promoted to Lieutenant on 12 May 1812 before going on half pay from 14 May 1818 for which he was listed up until 1861 (Army Lists, Society of Genealogists, London). Given his age, it is possible that he died in 1861/2.
After a couple of stints at labouring and market gardening at Richmond for a year, Henry rented a farm at Sunbury for seven years (source: First Families website, State Library of Victoria, no longer available).
On 30 Sep 1846, Henry WILKINSON married Sarah FLEMING, daughter of Samuel FLEMING at St. James Church of England in Melbourne (Victorian marriage certificate).
Henry left farming for a short while to look for gold. He had no luck at Ballarat but found enough at Castlemaine and Bendigo to purchase a team of six horses. He then spent at least 3 years transporting essentials like flour from Melbourne and various parts of the country to Mt Alexander and Bendigo. In 1854 he puchased 33 acres near Kyneton (near the present Lauriston Reservoir). In 1870 he sold Kyneton and purchased "Almond Vale", 500 acres at Arcadia in the Goulburn Valley (source: First Families website, State Library of Victoria, no longer available).
Henry and Sarah had 14 children (1847-1873).
Their daughter Sarah WILKINSON married George GOLLAN, the son of Roderick GOLLAN and Jane LITTLE.