"William Collins, Division Court Clerk, and ex-Reeve of Walkerton, was born in the County Antrim, Ireland, in 1833. His father, Geo. Collins, who was a miller by occupation, came to Canada with his family of eleven children, in 1848, and settled in the Township of Finch, where, ten years later, his wife died, and he returned to the land of his nativity.
His son William, who was the third in age of the family, was educated for a school teacher, and followed this calling several years in Dundas and Stormont Counties. From 1853 to 1856 he followed photography at Owen Sound, removing in the latter year to Walkerton, and again engaging in teaching for town years. In 1857 he was elected to the Municipal Council of Brant, since which time he has been Deputy Reeve or Reeve of either Brant or Walkerton, almost without interruption.
In 1869 Mr. Collins was appointed Division Court Clerk at Walkerton, and has continued to perform the duties of the position ever since. He is a Commissioner in Bankruptcy, a Notary Public for the past 20 years, and a Justice of the Peace since 1867. He is also very active and useful in educational affairs, having been prominently connected with the various local School Boards for the past 15 years.
During a residence in Walkerton which has now extended close on a quarter of a century, Mr. Collins has been one of the few who has spared no time or labor in the advancement of any and every public improvement or enterprise which promised to further the development of the county, or tended to the wellbeing of the community."
Belden 1880 Atlas of the County of Bruce