William Alfred Hall was the son of a pioneer of Williamstown. His father, also William Hall, settled there in 1840 and became a prominent and wealthy citizen. The younger William Hall was born about 1857. He developed a lifelong interest in Williamstown and its history. He was a councillor in the Royal Historical Society of Victoria 1933-35, and contributed articles to the Victorian Historical Magazine. He was also active in the Early Pioneers Association.
Hall compiled a register of shipping movements in Port Phillip and other ports between 1802 (?) and 1838.
He died on 5 August 1937, at the age of 80.
Manuscripts collected by William Alfred Hall (1857-1937) are held in the State Library of Victoria: an index of Victorian genealogical records; newspaper cuttings relating to the history of Victoria 1890-1935; and a record of vessels which passed through Port Phillip Heads from 1 February 1802 to 31 December 1838, and vessels which arrived in Portland Bay and Port Fairy November 1828 to 18 March 1837.
Hall, W.A., Index of Victorian Genealogical Records (State Library of Victoria)
The Port Phillip Pioneers Group website http://home.vicnet.net.au/~pioneers/pppg5am.htm