William Henry WILLIAMS

Male 1863 - 1928  (65 years)


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  • Name William Henry WILLIAMS 
    Born 1863  Paddington, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 11 Sep 1864  St. John's Anglican Church Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _UID BE0B52365E8F491B9C045055735D270BE9DA 
    Died 15 Aug 1928  Coast Hospital, Little Bay, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 17 Aug 1928  Rookwood, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • AB Anlican FMB Grave 25909-02-1949 77
    Person ID I58  The Path to Our Future
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2019 

    Father William Wallace WILLIAMS,   b. 1 Feb 1843, Millers Point, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1919, Brighton-Le-Sands, Rockdale. New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Esther Sarah FLOOK,   b. 12 Jul 1840, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1924, Canterbury, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 9 Aug 1862  Paddington, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F18  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Celia Sophie ZUCKER,   b. 1865, Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1936, 148 Gale Road, Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 8 Feb 1888  Stroud, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Vera Gwendoline WILLIAMS,   b. 1 Sep 1888, Stroud, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1947, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     2. Roy Howard WILLIAMS,   b. 7 Nov 1889, Stroud, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jun 1917, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     3. Valerie Norrine WILLIAMS,   b. 5 Aug 1891, Stroud, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1915, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     4. Edna Sophie WILLIAMS,   b. 1893, Stroud, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1960, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     5. Gladys Zucker WILLIAMS,   b. 1894, Granville, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1915, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     6. Carl Wallace WILLIAMS,   b. 24 Nov 1897, Granville, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1985, North Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     7. Alexandra Jean WILLIAMS,   b. 1901, Redfern, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1912, Newtown, Nsw Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F27  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Buildings
    South Solitary Island Light House
    South Solitary Island Light House
    The buildings were constructed in 1880 and are considered to be the oldest in the area. William Henry Williams, was appointed Principal Lighthouse Keeper on South Solitary Island on 15 January 1902 at a salary of 157 pounds/50 pounds for quarters.

    News Paper
    Marriage Notice 1888
    Marriage Notice 1888

  • Notes 
    • The Lighthouse Keeper -Written by Beth Troth (nee Williams)
      My Grandfather, William Henry Williams, was appointed Principal Lighthouse Keeper on South Solitary Island on 15 January 1902 at a salary of 157 pounds/50 pounds for quarters. I was told by my Father that living conditions were harsh and isolated.
      Stores came once a month and had to be hauled up the cliff face in a basket. It was a dangerous place to visit and landing was difficult, needing good boat handling skills - hence the Visitors Book had few entries in their time there.
      Grandfather and his family (wife and 7 children, aged 2 - 14 yrs) were only there a short time as he was then appointed the first Principal Lighthouse Keeper on 13 October 1903 for the brand new Norah Head Lighthouse at a salary of 177 pounds/50 pounds for quarters. Grandfather's wife, Celia, was a school teacher and taught not only her own children in these isolated places, but also the children of the Assistant Keepers.
      Grandfather commenced at Seal Rocks where his Father (William Wallace Williams) was Principal Keeper, and then went to Solitary Island, Norah Head, Montague Island , Smoky Cape and then retired from Macquarie Lighthouse on 29 September 1927 after 42 years in the Lighthouse service.

      The photo is of my Grandfather's family who lived on the island. Unfortunately this was taken a few years later, approx 1907, but it will give you an idea of the type of dress in those days.
      This photo was produced for Norah Head Lighthouse Centenary.
      My Father, Carl, is the young boy on the left. His older brother Roy was killed in Belgium in WW1. His eldest sister Vera, in the back row, married Robert Dickie, the inventor, and lived in NZ.
      Robert Dickie invented the stamp vending machines which used to be on the front of Post Offices some years ago where you could drop your coins in a slot and out would come your postage stamps.
      Due to the harsh conditions and lack of medical access, 3 sisters (Norrine, Gladys and Jean) died very young. [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S517] The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Thursday 16 August 1928 p 9 Family Notices.

    2. [S506] Beth Troth nee Williams notes.