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  • Born: 6 Jun 1868, Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan, Wales
  • Marriage: Mary MORGAN on 13 May 1891 in 138 Melbourne Rd, Williamstown, Vic
  • Died: 6 May 1942, Castlemaine, Vic at age 73
  • Buried: 8 May 1942, Williamstown Cemetery, Vic

bullet   Cause of his death was Myocarditis.

bullet   Other names for Gwilym were Gwilliam WILLIAMS and Gwilyne WILLIAMS.


bullet  General Notes:

He was given the spelling of Gwilyne at death by his son Harold and Gwilliam was in a census. In 1871 Wales Census he and the family was living at No7 Club Row in the Hamlet of Middle in Ystradyfodwg in Glamorgan and the spelling of his name was Gwilliam and he was 2 years old. Check 1881 census.

Born: 6 June 1868
Married Mary Morgan (first cousin) 13/5/1891 at 138 Melbourne Rd Williamstown Melb. Vic.
Died: May 1942
Buried Williamston Cemetery Methodist Section H Row 5 Grave 4˝ on 8 May 1942 aged 73 years

Gwilym Williams came to Australia as a young man and went to Charters Towers in Queensland where he worked for a baker. He eventually came to Victoria and married at Mary's Father's House at 138 Melbourne Rd Williamstown.

They had a daughter Mary (May) Williams in Wallsend in NSW in 1891. They had a second child Harold in Treorchy Wales in 1893 so they must have returned to Wales soon after May was born. They had a third child, Fred, in Johannsburg South Africa in 1897.

The children went to school in Preston before he had a shop and café in Geelong (about 1906) before going back to Wales to stay with his father John Williams at 12 Dunraven Terrace Treorchy by July 1907. He must have come back to Australia because he left again with Harold and Fred arriving in London England on 2 December 1908 on the ship Medic - Shipping Line - White Star Dominion Line. Mary and May had been left in Australia until 1909 but then followed him back to Wales. By this time he had shifted to the Bakery 12 Market Square Buckingham England. May did not stay with the family initially staying in Treorchy in August 1909 but by 1910 she was staying with them.

On 29 July 1911, Gwilym appears to be ready to go on another trip and he wrote a card to his wife Mary in Welsh from Southampton with a photograph of the steam ship R.M.S. Kinfauns Castle on the front. The Kinfauns Castle did leave Southampton that day for South Africa with 9 pages of passengers. I could not find him on the passenger list so he probably signed on as crew. At this stage, Mary was at Waverly Tea Rooms Pontllaufraitte, Mon.

The remainder of the family then went to South Africa and lived at 33 10th St Boksburg North Transvaal. In South Africa he worked in the mines possibly the Cinderella Mine. Dad FBW indicated that he was in the coal mines and there is a 3D picture of him underground. In 1917 Amy wrote to Fred asking whether Gwilym, Mary and May are getting on and are they friends again. When his daughter May died in 1918 he was living at 5 Comet Plantation, East Rand.

Gwilym, Mary, Frank and Frank's Step Father, Phillip Gentle Richards, left Cape Town on 22 January 1919 on the ship the War Pike registered in London Tonnage 3187 and engine horsepower 517 Gwilym working as a Purser and arriving in Melbourne on 22 February 1919 . He was 5 foot 7 inches tall with blue eyes and dark brown hair.

On return from South Africa they went to 331 High St Northcote in 1919 for 2 years. In September 1919 he was making arrangements for his son Harold to immigrate to Australia and had to pay 40 pound deposit and pay 5 pound per month for the London Office of the Department of Labor. As his son had previously been in Victoria no contribution could be made by the State. The net fares for Amy and the children would be 56 pounds and 16 shillings.

The family then shifted to Ballarat where Gwilym was a pastry cook with his own shop 92 Humffray St North, East Ballarat in which Frank helped out. There is a photograph which shows Nellie (who helped out) Mary, Frank and Gwilym outside the shop. Frank had to met the train which delivered the yeast.

In Williamstown he worked for a boss and in Preston they had a pastry cook shop before retiring in 679 High St Preston living with Annie and Jack Charlson who had 3 children Ralph, Florrie and an unknown son. Florrie married Jack Lindsay from up Creswick way and shifted to Little River near Werribee.

Gwilym died while in Hospital in May 1942 according to Frank the grandson. He said Mary and he were both sick at the time and separated. There is a report he died in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia on 6 May 1942. ther is no doubt he was buried 8th May Williamstown Cemetery. Died of myocarditis, senility

Gwilym had at least 13 major sea trips including Trips to Canada, Australia, South Africa, Wales and London. His wife, Mary, had 5 major sea trips.

There was some reason why their grandson FBW had an issue with Gwilym. There were stories of him fighting with his wife when he had been drinking and one story of Frank's intervention when he was 17 or so. But there was some other reason he never passed on.

Treorchy Wales (1868) - Born Ystrad Glamorgan Wales (1871 Wales Census)
No 7 Club Row Middle Hamlet Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan Wales (1871 Wales Census)
He lived in Thomas St Moucas Town Merthyr Iydfil (Gwilym Williams) in Wales
Gunn Baker and Confections 16 April 1887 John St Morth'yr Mer Wales (19 yrs)
Thomas St Nuruas Town Merthyr Tydfil October 1889 (Mary's mother's death Notice)
Bakery Millchester North Queensland 7 February 1890 age 22
Yarraville Excelsior Bakery Stephen St 8 May 1891
135 Williamstown Rd North Williamstown, Melbourne 13 May 1891(married)
Wallsend NSW - May born 26 July 1891
Treorchy Wales Harold born 6 April 1893
Johannesburg S. Africa Fred born 18 July 1897
Preston Victoria and the children went to Tyler St State School about 1904
Café Geelong 1906 May attends Flinders State School
132 Pakington St Geelong(1907)
12 Dunraven Terrace Treorchy Staying with father (July 1907) - family in Geelong
Must have come back to Australia 1907-8
Left Australia with Harold and Fred in 1908 and arrived in London 2 Dec 1908.
12 Market Square Buckingham (1908)
Picture of May Mary and baby in Williamstown must be early 1909
Boksburg Transvaal S.Africa (1912)
S.H. Cinderella Consolidated, Fireman 6 months from 10 October 1912 to 14 June 1913
33 10th St Boxburg Transvaal S. Africa pipes and tracks "New Cornet" 15 October 1913 to 20 October 1917
On 28 March 1916 bought 40 acres south of Cinderella Mine half share with Frank Goulding.
5 Comet Plantation, East Rand was his address when his daughter died in October 1918
Spent 9 months reclaiming 8 April 1918 to 11 January 1919
Ship out to Australia
331 High St Northcote 1919 for 2 Years
92 Humffray St North, East Ballarat (1924 Electoral Roll, Occupation Confectioner)
33 Murray Rd, Preston (1931 Electoral Roll, Occupation Pastrycook)
Cake Shop north of Wood St on left in High St Preston
679 (663*) High St Preston (1942) This house was owned by Annie Charlton as I recall and she was a cousin or similar relative. Usual address on death certificate.
Died in Castlemaine Hospital.


Gwilym married Mary MORGAN, daughter of William MORGAN and Margaret Louisa EVANS, on 13 May 1891 in 138 Melbourne Rd, Williamstown, Vic. (Mary MORGAN was born on 20 May 1865 in Ballarat, Vic, died on 15 Jan 1944 in Preston, Melbourne, Vic and was buried on 17 Jan 1944 in Williamstown Cemetery, Vic.). The cause of her death was Cardiac Failure.

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