- Born: 20 May 1865, Ballarat, Vic
- Marriage (1): Gwilym WILLIAMS on 13 May 1891 in 138 Melbourne Rd, Williamstown, Vic
- Died: 15 Jan 1944, Preston, Melbourne, Vic at age 78
- Buried: 17 Jan 1944, Williamstown Cemetery, Vic
Cause of her death was Cardiac Failure.
Birth Registration Ballarat 6696 1865 : Born 20 May 1865 according to the Family Bible and family records but 9 May 1865 according to the Birth Certificate at Cardigan, Ballarat (Cherry Tree Flat near Ballarat #)
Married on 13 May 1891 at 138 Melbourne Rd Williamstown to her first cousin Gwilym Williams - His mother was Margaret Evans and her mother was Mary Evans both sisters.
Died about 15 January 1944 at age 78 years buried with husband Gwilym Williams at Williamstown Cemetery on 17 January 1944
Educated at Williamstown and issued with a certificate of a child being sufficiently educated on 3rd November 1879. She met Gwilym Williams who had travelled from Wales to Charters Towers in Queensland and then back to Melbourne. They were married in Williamstown and soon after shifted to Wallsend NSW where Mary had her first child Mary (May) Margaret Louisa Williams.
Within 2 years she was in Treorchy Wales at Gwilym's home town when she had the second child Harold. The family then sailed to South Africa where she had her third child Freddy. Between 1897 and 1904-5 the family had returned to Australia as the older children attended Tyler St State School. In 1906, the family the shifted to Geelong to a shop and Café before Gwilym left to go home to Wales. The family had shifted to 132 Parkington St Geelong by 1907 and Mary and the children were in Australia on their own. Mary had a child in December 1908 called Gwilym. On the 16 May 1909, Mary, Mary Margaret and Gwilym had boarded the Medic and arrived back in London.
By 1909 the family is back in Wales and Mary is helping to run the Bakery 12 Market Square Buckingham. The family is again left behind as Gwilyn travels to South Africa and the family follows to Boksburg Transvaal in 1912 at 33 Tenth St. She was still at this address when she wrote to her son Fred many times - eg 21 October 1915 telling of Frank's birth the day before and saying that she was pleased to say that her relationship with Gwilym was "A1", 21 June 1916.
Young Gwilym died in December 1912 while they were in Boksburg. Her daughter May is married to Frank Goulding who dies two years after May gives birth to a son Frank in 1915. (We were always told he died before Dad was born.) Mary's son Fred is killed in the War in France while fighting as part of the 3rd South African Infantry in 1917. Her daughter May re-marries and then dies. Mary then cares for May's son Frank and calls him Frank Williams. After a disasterous stay in South Africa, the family returned to Australia. In her passport Mary gives the following details : she was 5 foot 2 inches tall and had brown eyes. The family travelled on the ship the War Pike from Cape town on 22 January 1919 to Melbourne on 22 February 1919 to Melbourne where Mary was an Assistant Stewardess.
On return from South Africa they went to 331 High St Northcote in 1919 for 2 years. The family then shifted to Ballarat where Gwilym was a pastry cook with his own shop 92 Humffray St north, Ballarat East in which Frank helped out. Mary's occupation was Home Duties at 92 Humffray St North, East Ballarat in the 1924 Electoral Roll although we know she was working in the shop. The family lived in Williamstown before shifting to Preston where they had a pastry cook shop at 33 Murray Rd Preston (1931 Electoral Roll - Home Duties) and another in High St Near Wood St before retiring in 679 High St Preston living at a house owned by her neice Annie Charlson nee Morgan.
She died in Prestonia Private Hospital, Hotham St., Preston 3 years after fracturing her thigh. Frank said Gwilym and Mary were in two different hospitals and could not see each other.
FBW had only good words for his grandmother who brought him up as her son. He called her Mum and it was only when he was 15 years old that he was told she was his grandmother and his correct name was Goulding. Mary also had a ring forged from gold fragments.# Mary was Frank Williams grandmother who raised him in Australia after his parents died. Dad loved her and thought she was kind and loving.
#From notes taken by Lindsay while talking to FBW his dad.
Mary married Gwilym WILLIAMS, son of John WILLIAMS and Mary EVANS, on 13 May 1891 in 138 Melbourne Rd, Williamstown, Vic. (Gwilym WILLIAMS was born on 6 Jun 1868 in Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan, Wales, died on 6 May 1942 in Castlemaine, Vic and was buried on 8 May 1942 in Williamstown Cemetery, Vic.). The cause of his death was Myocarditis.