William Patrick Fanning was the oldest son of Edward Fanning and Bridget Fanning nee Collins. He was born 16 July 1885 at Bulla and died on 12 April 1935 in Fitzroy Melbourne. He was educated at Xavier College in Melbourne and matriculated in . He inherited “Sunnyside” and was a farmer.
He married Mary Josephine Dillon from Willow Bank Bulla.
This is what was written about William Patrick “Bill” Fanning in “Victoria and Riverina 1931-32” :